Cubs Reportedly "Pushing Hard" for Aroldis Chapman, Mystery Team Also In (UPDATES)

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Cubs Reportedly “Pushing Hard” for Aroldis Chapman, Mystery Team Also In (UPDATES)

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aroldis chapman yankeesWe’re in that time of the year where things can move and change fast and furiously – both because rumors are flighty, and also because discussions legitimately do move and change quickly among front offices – so I wanted to get this in front of you quickly, even if I’m not quite in a position to break it down in detail (I’m sitting on a sidewalk typing outside our gym).

Jon Heyman is updating his Aroldis Chapman rumors (briefly discussed this morning), noting that the Nationals are fading a bit, there’s an ever-present “mystery team” entering the mix, and the Cubs are “pushing hard” to get Chapman.

We’ll have to follow this closely, because there’s plenty of smoke: we know there’s an obvious need on the Cubs for an impact reliever, we know they’re not done trying to make moves, and we know they’ve got the pieces to get a deal done. We are also pretty sure the Yankees are going to deal Chapman at some point, and we also suspect it’ll be sooner rather than later.

UPDATE: Just a little bit more on the involved teams:

It’s worth remembering that last part: even though Chapman is a rental, even though he’s a reliever, and even though he comes with some off-the-field questions, he’s pretty much as impactful as it gets when it comes to reliever rentals. The extent that he could affect a race and a playoff series is tremendous. Thus, the price tag is going to include a very well-regarded prospect/young player or two.

UPDATE 2: A couple new tweets would seem to suggest the Cubs may not be the favorites:

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.