The rumor mills have been turning and it appears the Yankees are closing in on a deal to ship out flame-throwing closer Aroldis Chapman. Ken Rosenthal reported last night that although a deal is not imminent, the Yankees appear ready to ship the free agent to be out of town.
John Harper from the New York Daily News reported this morning that even before Saturday night's tough loss Brian Cashman had convinced Hal Steinbrenner it was time to ship out Chapman.
Jon Heyman tweeted this morning that the Yankees like Nationals pitcher Joe Ross but a source told Heyman there is 'no chance' they move Ross for a rental.
Besides the Nationals, the Cubs, Giants, Dodgers, and Astros have been rumored to have significant interest in the closer. The best case scenario for the Yankees would be a bidding war between several clubs allowing the Yankees to get a better return. Teams are jumping in, Jon Heyman reports - tweeting that the Cubs, Astros, Marlins, and a "mystery team" have entered the race.
Stay tuned here at BYB as we will have updates on the trade deadline moves as they come in!
--Dan Lucia, BYB Senior Writer
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