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Jun 27, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) pitches in the rain against the Texas Rangers during the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Yankee Closer Aroldis Chapman Traded to Cubs

The New York Yankees and the Chicago Cubs finalized a deal on Monday that brings reliever Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs. By acquiring Chapman the Cubs have added a critical piece to their championship ambitions. Cubs president Theo Epstein says the Cubs pulled off this trade for one reason, to win a World Series.

Although Chapman missed the first 29 games of the season due to a suspension for violating the league’s domestic violence policy, he went 3-0 with a 2.01 ERA and 20 saves in 31 games with New York.

In exchange for Chapman, the Yankees, picked up 19-year-old shortstop standout Gleyber Torres, along  right-hander Adam Warren and outfielders Billy McKinney and Rashad Crawford.

With the new player changes, the Yankees will have left-hander Andrew Miller step up as the closer. Miller says the bullpen will be fine without Chapman.

Meanwhile, the Cubs will assign former closer Hector Rondon to a new role in the bullpen as their set up man.

Chapman will have his debut with the Cubs Tuesday night when they face their cross town rivals, the Chicago White Sox. This will not be the first time the White Sox have faced Chapman this season; in May the White Sox played a series against the Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field.

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