After reports surfaced that the Cubs were pursuing Yankees’ closer Aroldis Chapman, it appears the two teams have a deal in place.
With Chapman due to become a free agent this upcoming off-season, the Cubs seemingly are looking for more insurance before trading their top prospect, shortstop Gleyber Torres.
Torres, 19, signed with the Cubs out of Venezuela in 2013 and was ranked as the number two international prospect.
Multiple reports out of Myrtle Beach have indicated that Torres has been scratched from tonight’s lineup, making it more apparent that he’ll likely be dealt.
Through 93 games this season in High-A Myrtle Beach, Torres is batting .273 with 9 home runs, 46 RBIs, and 19 stolen bases.
Despite being the Cubs top prospect, the projected long-term presence of Addison Russell, Javier Baez, and Ian Happ has made Torres expendable.
Theo Epstein has remained persistent regarding the Cubs refusal to mortgage the future to win now, so if Torres does become a Yankee, chances are he may not have been seen as a core piece in the eyes of the front office from the start.
If the Cubs do in fact acquire Chapman and sign him to an extension, a dominant and dependable back-end arm may be just what they need to solidify themselves as the top team in the National League for more than just 2016.