In case you only get your news from our COTD thread, let me be the first to inform you that the Yankees have acquired closer Aroldis Chapman from the Reds in exchange for four minor leaguers (Rookie Davis, Eric Jagielo, Caleb Cotham, and Tony Renda). Why you only get your news from these threads, I don't know, but Greg and I thank you for reading. Anyway, for a while now us fans have been asking Cashman to make a move or just do something and not just because it was getting harder and harder to find things to write about, but because moves and trades are always exciting, especially when they make your favorite team better. This is a trade that does immediately make the Yankees better, as it not only gives the Yankees arguably the best bullpen in the majors right now, but one that could even compete with all time bullpens. Chapman, Dellin Betances, and Andrew Miller form a scary 1-2-3 (in no particular order because you can use any of them anytime and have no issues) at the back end of the bullpen and if Chasen Shreve can avoid falling off a cliff and perform like he did most of the season, that bullpen gets even scarier.
Unfortunately though, the Chapman trade isn't exactly 100% exciting, and that has nothing to do with baseball. Chapman brings with him domestic violence charges, which is pretty much why the Dodgers backed out of trading for him, and why the Yankees were able to trade for him with an almost "nothing" package for someone of Chapman's talent. He's likely to get suspended, and depending on how many games he gets suspended for, the Yankees could potentially keep him under team control for the 2017 season in addition to the 2016 season. The Yankees have supposedly done extensive due diligence on his case and decided it was a gamble worth taking. Let's just hope that it works out for them and they know what they're doing. On the surface, I want to be happy about this trade, but just knowing his history, it's tough to get too excited. Of course with a situation like this, the takes are going to be plentiful...
Comments of the Day
I told you the takes were plentiful. But the fact that people are comparing what A-Rod did to what Chapman did is disappointing, yet unsurprising.
GIF of the Day
Now that the duo has become a trio, this GIF probably won't get to get used much next year. Plus I love this GIF, the creator of it is a wonderful man.
Honorable Mod Mention
This was originally going to go to the entire staff who came in at the last minute to cover the trade. However, after Greg practically predicted this Chapman trade, this is going to Greg. Tell me, do the Yankees flip Chapman in a trade for Jose Fernandez?
- Come up with a nickname for the new Chapman-Miller-Betances bullpen trio. (Please refrain from distasteful jokes)
- On nights when all three are available, would you continue to keep Andrew Miller as the Game Enderer, give the closer's role to Chapman, or do a closer by committee depending on the situation?
Song of the Day
I Can See Clearly Now by Johnny Nash
It's New Year/Beginnings week on PSA. I felt this song was appropriate because we're all hoping the dark clouds that made Chapman blind go away and he sees clearly now. Unfortunately we can't change what happened, so all we can hope for is that there are no repeat offenses on his part. And in order for that to happen, he has to see the error of his ways. As always, please link us your song of the day.
Feel free to use this as your open thread for the day. Cashman made sure that 2015 will not go out quietly, do you think any other moves are coming before 2016 officially begins?