Aroldis Chapman is officially off the market. The Dodgers, who at one point actually acquired him, wound up passing on a deal after issues arose in his personal life. Monday afternoon, the Yankees looked back said issues and pulled the trigger (pun intended) on the trade.
Many will question the Dodgers passing on the flamethrower, but the stance the Dodgers made was always going to be a risk. Just as we’ve seen all over the place in sports, talent makes teams overlook character flaws, however ugly.
Jack Curry first broke the news.
Source: Yankees are on the verge of acquiring Aroldis Chapman from the Reds.
— Jack Curry (@JackCurryYES) December 28, 2015
All is not lost, though, for the Dodgers. They were already interested in trading for Andrew Miller and with Chapman, the Yankees might be more open to a trade.
Jeff Passan of Yahoo wonders about that possibility:
Yankees have options: Can stick with Chapman-Miller-Betances, which would be just ridiculous, or flip Miller and get MLB or minors depth.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 28, 2015
Regardless of those musings, the story involving the Dodgers and Chapman seems to have come full circle. For everyone involved, it’s probably best we move on.