La Stella had options left, which made this move an organization-maximizing one.
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It all flows backwards from the end, and it’s going to help in a number of ways.
That’s, for example, the offer the Cubs will have to make to Dexter Fowler after the season if they want to preserve draft pick compensation.
The Cubs’ new closer debuted last night with his electric fastball.
Not a typical Jason Heyward season, mind you – just an average big league hitter from here on out in 2016. That would be huge.
So many blasts. How could you choose a favorite?
An introductory Q&A went wildly awry through no fault of Chapman’s, but it underscored this tenuous situation.
Kyle Hendricks takes the ball for Chicago in Game 2 of 4 in the Crosstown Cup.
The Cubs had to make room for Aroldis Chapman, and there was no other logical choice.
Where things stand after the trade, and the process that went into it.
About that controversial pinch-running decision last night. I’m open to the possibility that we’re all just wrong.
Chapman: “I regret that I did not exercise better judgment and for that I am truly sorry. Looking back, I feel I have learned from this matter and have grown as a person.”
It’s a significant package to give up for a reliever, but it’s a reliever who might be as impactful as any playoff-bound reilever in baseball.