As of late, the baseball world has been lit on fire due to the Yankees-Cubs trade, sending hard throwing Aroldis Chapman to the World Series’ contending Cubs. For the Cubs, this trade wasn’t as efficient as you would think, and here’s why:
Aroldis Chapman is a sensational talent, no pitcher in baseball can light up the radar gun like him and his presence is certainly a boost to any team. Did the Cubs get better as a whole? Yes they did, they added a quality arm that could push their World Series run. However, did the Cubbies really need him?
Before analyzing the Cubs’ side of the trade, I congratulate the New York Yankees. They traded an arm that was on lease for three months. Their bullpen was already stacked with or without him, and managed to get two top 100 prospects from it. Gleybor Torres could be the future of the Yankees at shortstop. The Yankees built that future by sacrificing three months of 100 MPH fastballs. The best part of the whole deal? Chapman has made it obvious himself that he would be open to resigning with New York at season’s end; now that is promising.
As for the Cubbies, Hector Rondon isn’t typically regarded as an elite closer, but he’s average at worst and makes a good set up man. The problem is, the Cubs offense is so good that they hardly even need Aroldis. The Cubs have the most wins in baseball, yet only have one more save opportunity (29) than the AL worst Twins (28). Now, in the playoffs things will be different and Arolids will certainly come into use late in games. However, was it worth it to give up talent with potential for two months of late inning dominance? Especially with other talent available, I do not think so.
Instead, the Cubbies should have targeted a different arm.
Instead, if Chicago wanted an all star closer to help their push, I would of went for Wade Davis. Sure, Wade is not as dominant as Chapman, but that also implies the Cubbies wouldn’t have paid as much for him. More perks include that Davis’ has loads of playoff experience, while Chapman has logged 4.2 playoff innings with a loss and blown save. Add that to the fact that Wade Davis would be locked down for another season, and that trade makes more sense.
The Cubs’ biggest point of interest should of been the bullpen in its entirety not just the closer. The cubs have allowed 37.7% of their runs in the 6th, 7th, and 8th inning. While now Rondon can throw those innings, giving up prospects for an area that isn’t much needed is absurd to me.
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Overall, the Cubs’ will continue on their path to championship gold that they have gone long without. Adding Chapman certainly helps that push, but does not guarantee it. Therefore, I believe the Cubs’ bought into the hard throwing hype and overpaid for an arm on short lease. If Aroldis does indeed resign with New York this off season, Chicago will end up looking like a fool. The only way to combat that is if they indeed bring the long awaited Commissioners Trophy back to Chicago.