The Impact of Aroldis Chapman

As you all may know the Cubs acquired Aroldis Chapman last week. The trade involved prospects Gleyber Torres, Billy McKinney, and Rashad Crawford. In addition, Adam Warren went back to New York in exchange for the “Cuban Missile”. Analysts were saying that the Cubs gave up way too much talent for a rental who will only play in about 10 meaningful games in the postseason. However, the trade has quite a few positive impacts on the Cubs.
The first impact is that Aroldis Chapman can throw up to 105 MPH. That’s just unfair. Aroldis Chapman hasn’t given up a run to the Cardinals since 2011 which the Cubs play 10 more games with the Cards. In addition, almost all MLB hitters can’t hit his stuff because he throws about 5 MPH more on average than any other pitcher. A shut down reliever being able to throw big heat is just our first impact.
The second impact is that the trade benefits all the other pitchers on the Cubs roster, including starters. Hector Rondon who has done awesome in the closing spot can now be a perfect, shut down set up man in the 8th. Pedro Strop can be a great 7th inning guy with Joe Nathan who has been impressive since he came off the 60 day DL. The deal impacts starters in a good way too because if they aren’t having a very good outing, they can come out in the 5th or 6th inning. The Cubs have a plethora of bullpen pieces: Carl Edwards Jr., Justin Grimm, Travis Wood, Joe Nathan, Pedro Strop, Mike Montgomery, Hector Rondon, and now Aroldis Chapman.
The last impact of the Aroldis Chapman trade is that the Cubs have a legitimate bullpen now to win a World Series. The Royals have showed us that a bullpen with depth is key to winning the fall classic. For Theo Epstein to go out and make a bold move like this tells other teams that the Cubs are for real. The Cubs aren’t messing around this year. Cubs fans this is your time. Take what is yours.
-Thomas Johnson
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