The Yankees kicked the tires on Chapman during the trade deadline in 2015, so they will likely attempt to trade for him during the offseason. The Reds allegedly wanted one of their untouchable prospects for Aroldis Chapman at the trade deadline. That price has most likely dropped because the Reds are more willing to trade Chapman now.
Aroldis Chapman could make the already stellar back end of the Yankees bullpen even more deadly. They already have Andrew Miller and Dellin Bentances. Chapman would allow the Yankees to have a bullpen that would shorten games, much like their 1996 bullpen that featured Mariano Rivera and John Wetteland.
That’s the kind of bullpen that the Yankees will need to have in order to win another World Series. Their lineup isn’t what it once was and they have too many unmovable guys to make significant upgrades. Their rotation is good but not great. The Yankees could modify the Royals blueprint of winning by buying relievers instead of developing them.
The Yankees could offer several packages for Aroldis Chapman. One could include outfielder Brett Gardner. The Reds would have a deadly combo of Billy Hamilton and Brett Gardner at the top of their order. The Yankees could also offer second baseman Rob Refsnyder who is probably ready for a starting job in the majors. The Reds already have Brandon Phillips for the next two seasons, so he’d likely need to be moved in that scenario.
The Yankees are trying to win a World Series with their current core. Chapman could help them accomplish that, but they might not have what it takes to get him.