The Chicago Cubs are being mentioned in major MLB rumors and are reported looking to acquire Aroldis Chapman from the New York Yankees. They are expected to move top prospect Gleyber Torres in the deal and it sounds like Jorge Soler could be included in the deal as well.
Julie DiCaro of SINow reported that the Cubs could include Soler as the secondary piece in the package to acquire Chapman.
Source confirms Soler in the mix to NYY.
— Julie DiCaro (@JulieDiCaro) July 25, 2016
Torres alone is a big return for Chapman, who is in the final season of his contract. Theo Epstein would be betting on being able to re-sign Chapman to a long-term deal. Perhaps that isn’t even a concern at this point.
Chicago is widely viewed as one of the favorites to win the World Series this season, which is something that the Cubs haven’t done since 1908. Epstein may view this season as their best chance to snap the curse and win a championship. He may not even be concerned about locking Chapman up long-term, due to the impact that the pitcher could make on them this season.
Throughout the course of the 2016 MLB season with the Yankees, Chapman has recorded a 2.01 ERA to go along with 20 saves and a 5.50 K/BB ratio. Those numbers are impressive and would be a major addition to the Cubs’ bullpen. He would likely take over the closer role from Hector Rondon, which has been a bit of an issue for the Cubs throughout the season.
Soler, on the other hand, has recorded a .223 batting average to go along with five home runs and 13 RBI’s. He has dealt with injury issues this season and has played in just 50 games.
At just 24-years-old, the Yankees would be wise to target Soler. He would help rebuild their offense and would be a key piece for them in the future. Soler would also reunite with former Cubs’ teammate Starlin Castro to help try and turn the proud New York franchise around.
Expect to hear a lot more news about the potential Cubs and Yankees deal in the next 24 hours. Don’t be surprised to see something get done on Monday and Soler could very well be a part of the final trade.