On this date in 2016, the New York Yankees made a monster trade which sent Aroldis Chapman to the Chicago Cubs for their World Series push. In return, the organization received Adam Warren, Billy McKinney, Rashad Crawford, and 19-year-old Gleyber Torres. At the time Gleyber was rated No. 26 in baseball by MLB Pipeline and No. 1 within the Cubs organization.
4 years ago today, I got traded to the Yankees. One of the best things that has happened to me. ❤️ NY
At the time Torres had only spent time with Class A Myrtle Beach but was putting up some noticeable numbers in the league. In 2016 he batted .275 (98 for 356) with 62 runs, 24 doubles, 9 home runs, and 47 RBI in just 94 games.
Chapman was particularly excited about Torres at the time.
“Obviously we like the whole package,” he said “But the primary piece, I think the industry recognizes, is Gleyber Torres. He’s the equivalent of a first-born, is how I would determine it. He is a high-level prospect that’s extremely valuable within the industry”
The deal gets even sweeter. Not even five months after being traded, Chapman made his way right back to the Yankees signing a five year, $86 million deal.
The Yankees have signed Aroldis Chapman to a 5-year, $86 million contract. He becomes the highest paid relief pitcher ever. pic.twitter.com/0oxZbNDbVD
Now four years later Yankee fans are soaking in the realities of Cashman’s genius. Not only did Torres become the Yankees starting second baseman and then starting shortstop, but Chapman is also out on the field throwing heat and closing games.