For the second time in less than a month the Cincinnati Reds traded closer Aroldis Chapman.
This time it will stick.
The Reds, who are acquiring enough prospects to start a new franchise, acquired four more in the trade of Chapman to the New York Yankees.
Earlier this month the Reds had a trade in place with the Los Angeles Dodgers for three prospects, but the Dodgers backed out when it was discovered that Chapman is involved in an alleged domestic incident, which could result in a suspension for Chapman.
SINCE LAST MID-SEASON the Reds have traded Johnny Cueto, Mike Leake, Todd Frazier and Aroldis Chapman and did not receive a single major league player in any of the deals. They received prospects in every case as they continue to lop off salary and try to pave a road of rebuilding.
For four established major leaguers, the Reds have received 12 prospects (or suspects), four for Chapman, three for Cueto, three for Frazier and two for Leake.
One baseball insider said of the Chapman deap, “The Reds acquired a group of non-elitle players,” and didn’t even use the term “prospects.”
And they aren’t finished. Despite Brandon Phillips blocking a trade to the Washington Nationals, the Reds continue to look for a trade involving Phillips. Outfielder Jay Bruce also remains on the market.
IT IS NO DOUBT that Chapman’s personal problems reduced his value on the trade market.
When the Dodgers backed out of the trade for Chapman, several teams told the Reds they were still interested in a deal and the Yankees said the Reds “modified” what they wanted for Chapman.
The Yankees did not give up any of their top four or five prospects to get Chapman. They gave up third baseman Eric Jagielo, right handed pitcher Rookie Davis, second baseman Tony Renda and right handed pitcher Caleb Cotham.
JAGLEO, 23, WAS the Yankees No. 1 pick (23rd overall) in the 2013 draft, He played in only 58 games last year at Class AA Trenton due to surgery to clean out his left knee. He had nine homer, 16 doubles and 35 RBI in those 58 games.
Davis, 22, played in Class A last season at Tampa and Class AA Trenton and combined for an 8-7 record with a 3.86 ERA in 24 starts and one relief appearances. He struck out 129 in 130 2/3s innings.
Renda, 24, was originally drafted by the Washington Nationals in the second round of the 2012 draft out of the University of California. He was traded last June by the National to the Yankees. His record at Class AA Harrisburg and Class AA Trenton and combined to hit .269 with three homers, 30 doubles and two triples while stealing 23 bases in 28 attempts.
Cotham is 28 and played both at Class AA Trenton and Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre where he had a 2.21 ERA with 35 saves. He pitched 12 games for the Yankees and the Reds added him to their 40-man roster.