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Reds find a willing trade partner for Aroldis Chapman

Tuesday’s Say Hey, Baseball includes Broadway-bound Aroldis Chapman, the newest Cuban pitching prospect and women in baseball.

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The Yankees have granted the Reds' wish and traded for left-handed closer Aroldis Chapman. The flame-throwing lefty closer is bound for the Bronx in a deal that sends four minor leaguers back to Cincinnati. The Yankees bullpen is now legitimately scary, with Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller pitching in relief alongside Chapman. That is a lot of strikeouts in one place, and rest of the AL East is probably not looking forward to facing that in the back end of every game. To the Reds, the Yankees are sending Eric Jagielo, Caleb Cotham, Tony Renda and the appropriately named Rookie Davis. Do these four players equal the two the Dodgers were ready to send to Cinci a few weeks ago? We'll probably never know, since the trade fell apart before names could be named.

Of course, that deal with the Dodgers fell apart because of reports that Chapman had been involved in a domestic violence incident. Chapman wasn't arrested or charged with any crimes, but he reportedly choked his girlfriend and admitted to firing eight gunshots in his garage in Florida. He's being investigated by Major League Baseball and will most likely face a suspension under MLB's very new domestic violence policy, which was announced in August. The policy leaves the punishment up to the Commissioner, so the suspension could be anything from one to one million games.

A likely suspension didn't stop the Yankees from trading for him, though Chapman's decreased post-incident trade value probably didn't hurt, either. In fact, if Chapman serves a suspension, the Yankees could potentially keep him under control even longer. Chapman is eligible for free agency after the 2016 season, but since players don't accrue service time while they're suspended, he might have to remain a Yankee in 2017. I believe Mike Bates said it best.