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Cubs acquire LHP Chapman for quartet of players including RHP Warren, IF Torres

Aroldis(Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty)

The Cubs today acquired left-handed pitcher Aroldis Chapman from the New York Yankees for infielder Gleyber Torres, right-handed pitcher Adam Warren, and outfielders Billy McKinney and Rashad Crawford. Chapman is expected to join the Cubs for tomorrow night’s game against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.

Chapman, 28, is 3-0 with 20 saves and a 2.01 ERA (7 ER/31.1 IP) in 31 relief appearances with the Yankees this season. He has struck out 44 batters and walked only eight in 31.1 innings while pitching to a 0.89 WHIP. Chapman has limited foes to a .179 batting average, a .233 on-base percentage and a .286 slugging percentage, good for a .519 opponent OPS. Chapman joins the Cubs having not allowed a run in his last nine appearances, covering 11.1 innings, starting June 30, limiting opponents to a .367 OPS in that span.

The Holguin, Cuba, native originally signed a six-year major-league contract with the Cincinnati Reds in January of 2010 and was traded to the Yankees last December as the headliner of a five-player trade. He signed a one-year deal with the Yankees to avoid arbitration in his final season of eligibility in February.  Chapman made his New York debut on May 9 after beginning the season serving a 30-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy.

“Obviously, we are aware of the circumstances surrounding Aroldis Chapman’s suspension earlier this season,” said Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts in a statement. “We are also aware that he cooperated fully with the league investigation and takes responsibility for his actions.”

Chapman has gone 22-20 with 166 saves and a 2.16 ERA (84 ER/350.1 IP) in 355 career appearances covering seven seasons with Cincinnati (2010-15) and New York (2016). The four-time NL All-Star (2012-15) has exceeded 30 saves in each of the last four seasons, while his career 89.7 save percentage ranks second among all active pitchers with at least 175 opportunities.

Overall in his career, Chapman has pitched to a 1.00 WHIP, limiting opponents to a .157 batting average, a .265 on-base percentage and a .232 slugging percentage, good for a .497 opponent OPS, the second lowest career opponent OPS of any active relief pitcher. He has limited left-handed hitters to a .123 batting average and right-handers to a .168 mark. He has struck out 590 batters in 350.1 innings pitched for an average of 15.2 strikeouts per nine innings, the best ratio of any active relief pitcher.

Torres, 19, is batting .275 (98 for 356) with 23 doubles, nine home runs and 47 RBI in 94 games with Single-A Myrtle Beach this season. He originally signed with the Cubs as a non-drafted free agent in 2013.

Warren, 28, went 3-2 with a 5.91 ERA (23 ER/35 IP) in 29 appearances, all but one in relief, with the Cubs this season. He was acquired by the Cubs from the Yankees for infielder Starlin Castro last Dec. 8.

McKinney, 21, is batting .252 (75 for 298) with 12 doubles, one home run and 31 RBI in 88 games with Double-A Tennessee this season. He was acquired by the Cubs with infielder Addison Russell, right-hander Dan Straily and cash from Oakland for right-handers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel on July 5, 2014.

Crawford, 22, is batting .255 (84 for 329) with 18 doubles, three home runs and 30 RBI in 83 games with Myrtle Beach this season. He was originally selected by the Cubs in the 11th round of the 2012 Draft.

Cubs Lineup: 7/22/16 vs. Brewers

Cubs at Brewers — Miller Park
First Pitch: 7:10 CST
Cubs Starter: Jason Hammel, rhp (8-5, 3.34 ERA)
Brewers Starter: Jimmy Nelson, rhp (6-7, 3.39 ERA)
TV: CSN-C+; Radio: 670 The Score

1. Dexter Fowler, cf
2. Kris Bryant, 3b
3. Anthony Rizzo, 1b
4. Ben Zobrist, 2b
4. Willson Contreras, lf
5. Jason Heyward, rf
6. Addison Russell, ss
7. Miguel Montero, c
9. Jason Hammel, p

Cubs Minor League Report: 7/21/16

It was a tough day for Cubs affiliates, as only Eugene was able to secure a win Thursday. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor-league Cubs action.

Iowa Cubs (43-56)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Fourth Place (-13.0)

Iowa out-hit the Bees, 12-10, but fell short in the runs column, losing 5-4 vs. Salt Lake.

  • LF Jorge Soler (.143) went 1 for 4 with a single in his second rehab game.
  • SS Munenori Kawasaki (.279) was 3 for 3 with a walk, his third three-hit game of the season.
  • 2B Logan Watkins (.290) finished 3 for 4 with an RBI (28).
  • DH Tim Federowicz (.330) was 2 for 5 with a run scored.
  • 1B Jeimer Candelario (.310) went 2 for 4 with a double (9) and two runs scored.

Tennessee Smokies (11-15)
Southern League (Double-A)
Fifth Place (-4.5)

The Smokies allowed four runs in the seventh inning and fell 5-3 at home to Mississippi.

  • 3B Gioskar Amaya (.185) was 3 for 4, his first three-hit game with the Smokies.
  • 1B David Freitas (.295) went 2 for 4 with a double (8), two runs scored and an RBI (19). He has four multi-hit games in his last six contests, including three straight two-hit games.
  • RHP Jen-Ho Tseng (3.03 ERA) gave up one unearned run in six innings.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (13-14)
Carolina League (High-A)
Second Place (-0.5)

The Pelicans fell behind 7-1 in the third inning and could not rally back, as they lost 9-4 vs. Wilmington.

  • CF Rashad Crawford (.255) was 1 for 3 with a walk, two runs scored and a stolen base (20). He is batting .352 (25 for 71) with 25 runs scored in 17 July games.
  • 1B Yasiel Balaguert (.236) went 1 for 4 with a two-run homer (13). He has eight RBI in his last three games.
  • RHP Tommy Nance (2 IP, 2 H, 1 SO) tossed two scoreless innings in his first outing with Myrtle Beach.

South Bend Cubs (16-11)
Midwest League (Single-A)
T-Second Place (-1.5)

South Bend collected just five hits, all singles, in a 3-1 setback vs. Burlington.

  • RHP Preston Morrison (2.24 ERA) fired six scoreless innings, striking out six versus just one walk. He has allowed just one earned run in his last six starts (39.2 IP).
  • 2B Carlos Sepulveda (.317) went 1 for 4 with a run scored, his fourth straight game with a hit.

Eugene Emeralds (24-10)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
First Place (+7.0)

Eugene scored four runs in the first inning and held on for an 8-7 win over Vancouver.

  • 1B Jose Paniagua (.273) finished 3 for 4 with a walk, a run scored and an RBI (9).
  • LF Kevonte Mitchell (.229) went 2 for 5 with a solo homer (2), two runs scored, two RBI (12) and a stolen base (10). He has six RBI in his last six games.
  • CF Connor Myers (.296), 2B Vimael Machin (.400), SS Zack Short (.200) and C Sam Tidaback (.286) all recorded two-hit games.

Mesa Cubs (14-11)
Arizona Rookie League
First Place (+1.0)

Mesa lost in walk-off fashion for the second straight day, allowing two runs in the bottom of the ninth and falling 5-4 at the AZL Indians.

  • RF Ruben Reyes (.254) went 2 for 4 with an RBI (8).
  • RHP Dakota Mekkes (2 IP, 1 H, 4 SO) struck out four batters in two scoreless innings.
  • CF Jose Gonzalez (.099) and C Jhonny Pereda (.264) each collected a hit and scored a run.

 

Cubs Minor League Report: 7/20/16

Iowa split a doubleheader, Eugene posted a shutout win and Mesa battled back for a victory Wednesday. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor league Cubs action.

Iowa Cubs (43-55)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Fourth Place (-12.0)

The I-Cubs split a doubleheader vs. Salt Lake, falling 5-0 in game one and winning 6-3 in the nightcap.

  • CF-DH Dexter Fowler appeared in both games as part of a rehab assignment. He played center field in Game 1, going 0 for 3. He served as the DH in Game 2, going 1 for 2 with a double (1), a walk and two runs scored.
  • LF Jorge Soler made his first rehab appearance in Game 1, going 0 for 3.
  • RHP Joe Nathan (0.1 IP, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB) walked three and allowed two runs in 0.1 innings.
  • RF Mark Zagunis (.272) went 2 for 2 with a double (12), walk, two runs scored and three RBI (23) in Game 2.

Tennessee Smokies (11-14)
Southern League (Double-A)
Fifth Place (-4.5)

The Smokies allowed four first inning runs and ultimately fell, 8-2 vs. Mississippi.

  • LF Bijan Rademacher (.302) went 2 for 4 with two doubles (13) and a run scored.
  • 1B David Freitas (.286) was 2 for 4, his third multi-hit game in the last five games.
  • RHP Stephen Perakslis (3 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 4 SO) tossed three scoreless innings of relief, striking out four batters.

South Bend Cubs (16-10)
Midwest League (Single-A)
Second Place (-0.5)

South Bend allowed three runs in the ninth inning, falling 7-5 vs. Burlington.

  • RF Eddy Martinez (.267) finished 3 for 4 with a double (20), a triple (2), a solo homer (8), two runs scored and three RBI (51). He is batting .397 (25 for 63) in 18 July games.
  • CF Donnie Dewees (.281) went 2 for 3 with a walk, a run scored and an RBI (53). He is batting .373 (25 for 67) with 16 runs scored in 16 July contests.
  • 2B Carlos Sepulveda (.319) went 1 for 3 with a double (9), two walks, two runs scored and a stolen base (3).

Eugene Emeralds (23-10)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
First Place (+7.0)

Eugene clinched the first half South Division title with a 4-0 blanking of visiting Hillsboro.

  • Jose Paulino (0.51 ERA) struck out seven and walked one, giving up two hits in seven innings. He has tossed four straight quality starts and has allowed just two earned runs in 35 innings this season.
  • DH Wladimir Galindo (.229) was 2 for 4 with a run scored.
  • LF Robert Garcia (.296) ripped his second home run of the season.
  • RHP Jared Cheek (1 IP) has not allowed a run in his last six outings (8.1 IP).

Mesa Cubs (14-10)
Arizona Rookie League
First Place (+1.0)

Mesa scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth to walk-off with a 7-6 victory over the AZL Angels.

  • LHP Eugenio Palma (2 IP, 1 H, 3 SO) earned the win, tossing two scoreless innings. He has allowed just three runs in 18 innings (1.50 ERA) this season.
  • 2B Jhonny Bethencourt (.222) finished 2 for 4 with two RBI (5).
  • LF Yohan Matos (.302) was 2 for 4 with a triple (2), two runs scored and a RBI (6).
  • CF Luis Ayala (.348) went 2 for 5 with a run scored and an RBI (16), his fourth straight multi-hit game.

Cubs Minor League Report: 7/19/16

Only Mesa was able to pick up a victory Tuesday, while Iowa, Tennessee and South Bend all had the day off. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor league Cubs action.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (13-13)
Carolina League (High-A)
Second Place (-0.5)

Myrtle Beach collected 12 hits, all singles, in a 13-7 setback at Winston-Salem.

  • 1B Yasiel Balaguert (.236) went 4 for 4 with a walk, a run scored and two RBI (60). He has hit safely in five straight games (.409/9 for 22) with seven RBI.
  • CF Rashad Crawford (.255) was 3 for 5 with three runs scored, his second three-hit game in three days. He is batting .353 (24 for 68) in 16 July games.
  • 2B David Bote (.314) went 2 for 4 with two runs scored, his third straight multi-hit game.
  • SS Andrew Ely (.188) added a multi-hit game, going 2 for 5.

Eugene Emeralds (22-10)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
First Place (+6.0)

The Ems could only muster three hits as they lost to Hillsboro, 8-2. Eugene can clinch the first-half South Division title with a win tonight.

  • 1B Chris Pieters (.297) connected for a two-run homer (2) in the first inning. He was 1 for 4 with two RBI (16) and a run scored.
  • RF Robert Garcia (.298) was 1 for 4 with a run scored. He his lone hit was a double (9).
  • 2B Yeiler Peguero (.264) went 1 for 4 with a stolen base (3).
  • LHP Bryan Hudson (3.51 ERA) gave up one earned run in four innings. He has allowed one or fewer earned runs in four of his six starts this season.

Mesa Cubs (13-10)
Arizona Rookie League
T-First Place (–)

The Mesa Cubs put up a three-run eighth inning to top the host AZL Dodgers, 7-6.

  • RHP Jed Carter (0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 SO), the 15th round pick from Auburn University-Montgomery, made his professional debut in relief.
  • SS Isaac Paredes (.309) was 4 for 5, drove in a run (11) and scored once. He is 13 for 24 in his last six games.
  • RF Luis Ayala (.345) finished 2 for 5 with a double (3) and two runs scored.
  • 1B Kevin Zamudio (.234) was 1 for 5 with a double (7), two RBI (14) and a run scored.
  • 3B Rafael Mejia (.196) and C Michael Cruz (.234) both tallied a double.

Cubs Lineup: 7/20/16 vs. Mets

Cubs vs. Mets — Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 1:20 CST
Cubs Starter: Kyle Hendricks, rhp (8-6, 2.41 ERA)
Mets Starter: Bartolo Colon, rhp (8-4, 3.11 ERA)
TV: ABC-7, ESPN (out-of-network only); Radio: 670 The Score

1. Ben Zobrist, rf
2. Kris Bryant, 3b
3. Anthony Rizzo, 1b
4. Willson Contreras, lf
5. Jason Heyward, cf
6. Addison Russell, ss
7. Miguel Montero, c
8. Javy Baez, 2b
9. Kyle Hendricks, p

Cubs Lineup: 6/19/16 vs. Mets

Cubs vs. Mets — Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 6:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Jake Arrieta, rhp (12-4, 2.68 ERA)
Mets Starter: Noah Syndergaard, rhp (9-4, 2.56 ERA)
TV: CSN, ESPN (out-of-network only); Radio: 670 The Score

1. Tommy La Stella, 3b
2. Kris Bryant, rf
3. Anthony Rizzo, 1b
4. Ben Zobrist, 2b
5. Willson Contreras, lf
6. Jason Heyward, cf
7. Addison Russell, ss
8. Miguel Montero, c
9. Jake Arrieta, p

Cubs Minor League Report: 7/18/16

Tennessee had a late rally, the bats were on full display for Myrtle Beach, a big inning propelled Eugene, and Mesa was timely with its hitting. Here are some notes from Monday’s Cubs minor-league action.

Iowa Cubs (42-54)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-12.0)

The I-Cubs went 2 for 11 with runners in scoring position and lost the series opener to Salt Lake, 12-7.

  • Trevor Cahill allowed three runs over 2.2 IP in his first rehab appearance. He threw 57 pitches, 30 of which were strikes.
  • DH Dan Vogelbach (.318) tied a career-high with four hits, going 4 for 5 with a homer (16), an RBI (64) and a run scored. His .425 OBP is tops in the Pacific Coast League and is fourth-best among all qualifying full-season minor leaguers.
  • CF John Andreoli (.239) went 2 for 5 with a triple (7), three RBI (43), a run scored and a stolen base (23). He has a hit in six of his last seven games with an at-bat.
  • 1B Taylor Davis (.271) and 2B Kristopher Negron (.245) both had multi-hit games with a run scored. Davis added a triple (1).

Tennessee Smokies (11-13)
Southern League (Double-A)
Fifth Place (-3.5)

Tennessee scored two runs in the eighth and two in the ninth to sneak past Montgomery, 4-2.

  • C Ben Carhart (.236) was 2 for 4, his first multi-hit game since June 18.
  • CF Trey Martin (.212) went 1 for 3 with a double (1) and two RBI (12). He has six RBI in his last two games.
  • 1B Victor Caratini (.286) went 1 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI (33).
  • RHP Paul Blackburn (3.17 ERA) struck out seven in six innings, surrendering just one unearned run.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (13-12)
Carolina League (High-A)
First Place (+0.5)

The Pelicans set a season-high with 18 hits as they routed host Winston-Salem, 15-2.

  • SS Gleyber Torres (.275) went 4 for 5 with two doubles (22), a triple (3), three RBI (46), three runs scored and a walk. He is 7 for 13 with four doubles and seven RBI in his last three games. In his last 30 games, he owns a slash line of .333/.406/.470 with 11 extra-base hits and 23 RBI.
  • 1B Yasiel Balaguert (.227) drove in a season-high-tying four runs (58). He went 2 for 6 with a pair of doubles (9).
  • CF Jeffrey Baez (.235) reached base six times, going 4 for 4 with two walks. He had a double (8), scored three runs and swiped a bag (28).
  • LF Charcer Burks (.241) was 3 for 6 with a double (17), two RBI (25) and two runs scored.
  • 3B David Bote (.306) reached five times, going 2 for 3 with three walks. He scored twice and is batting .315 (17 for 54) with 10 walks in July.

South Bend Cubs (16-9)
Midwest League (Single-A)
First Place (+1.0)

South Bend allowed runs in each of the first three innings and fell 5-2 at Kane County.

  • 3B Bryant Flete (.224) homered for the second straight game, going 2 for 4 with a solo homer and two RBI (30). He has hit safely in an organizational-best eight straight games (.414/12 for 29).
  • DH Jesse Hodges (.291), LF Roberto Caro (.225) and C Tyler Alamo (.258) each hit a single.
  • LHP Tyler Peitzmeier (2 IP, 2 H, 1 BB) tossed two scoreless innings of relief.

Eugene Emeralds (22-9)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
First Place (+7.0)

Thanks in part to a four-run sixth inning, the Emeralds topped Hillsboro, 6-4. Eugene is now one win away from clinching the first-half South Division title.

  • Oscar De La Cruz (0.00) fanned seven batters and allowed only two hits over four innings in his Eugene debut.
  • LF Robert Garcia (.300) was 2 for 4 with a double (8), the lone extra-base hit for the Ems. He added a run scored.
  • 1B Chris Pieters (.299) had a multi-hit game, going 2 for 4 with a run scored.
  • DH Kevonte Mitchell (.224) was 1 for 4 with two RBI (10) and a run.

Mesa Cubs (12-10)
Arizona Rookie League
T-First Place (–)

Mesa went 4 for 7 with runners in scoring position and beat the AZL A’s, 3-2.

  • LHP Jack Leathersich (1.13 ERA) pitched in his 10th game with Mesa. He has allowed only one run and four hits over eight innings, while fanning 16 and walking only three.
  • RHP Dakota Mekkes (1 IP, 2 SO) and LHP Marc Huberman (1 IP, 1 H, 2 SO) made their professional debuts. Mekkes was the 10th round pick out of Michigan State, and Huberman was the 18th round selection from Southern California. Huberman picked up the win.
  • RF Luis Ayala (.341) and C Jhonny Pereda (.261) had multi-hit games. Pereda also knocked in a pair of runs (9).
  • 3B Kevin Zamudio (.237) had a double (6), two runs scored and a walk.
  • SS Jhonny Paredes (.270) was 1 for 4 with a double (6).

Cubs Lineup: 7/18/16 vs. Mets

Cubs vs. Mets — Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 6:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Jon Lester, lhp (9-4, 3-1 ERA)
Mets Starter: Steven Matz, lhp (7-5, 3.38 ERA)
TV: WPWR, ESPN (out-of-network only); Radio: 670 The Score

1. Javy Baez, 2b
2. Kris Bryant, 3b
3. Anthony Rizzo, 1b
4. Willson Contreras, lf
5. Addison Russell, ss
6. Matt Szczur, rf
7. Albert Almora Jr., cf
8. David Ross, c
9. Jon Lester, p

Cubs Minor League Report: 7/17/16

Tennessee scored late, while both South Bend and Eugene held on for wins Sunday. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor-league Cubs action.

Iowa Cubs (42-53)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-12.0)

Iowa allowed four runs in the ninth inning, falling 6-2 at home vs. Las Vegas.

  • LHP Brian Matusz made his first start with Iowa, surrendering two earned runs while striking out five in five innings.
  • RHP Joe Nathan (1.0 IP, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 1 SO) pitched for the second straight day, striking out one in a scoreless inning. He has a 2.00 ERA (2 ER/9 IP) in 10 rehab outings between Tennessee and Iowa.
  • LF Mark Zagunis (.275) was 1 for 4 with a game-tying solo homer in the seventh inning. It’s his sixth straight game with an RBI.
  • 1B Dan Vogelbach (.310) went 1 for 3 with an RBI (63).

Tennessee Smokies (10-13)
Southern League (Double-A)
Fifth Place (-3.5)

The Smokies rallied for six runs over the final four frames, defeating host Montgomery, 6-4.

  • CF Trey Martin (.207) was 2 for 4 with a two-run homer (2) and a season-high four RBI (10).
  • 2B Ian Happ finished 2 for 5 with a double (6) and two runs scored. He is batting .333 (28 for 84) with six doubles and two homers in 22 games with Tennessee.
  • C David Freitas (.276) and SS Carlos Penalver (.207) each added multi-hit games.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (12-12)
Carolina League (High-A)
Second Place (-0.5)

The Pelicans collected just five hits in a 7-2 setback at Winston-Salem.

  • 2B Andrew Ely (.169) was 1 for 3 with a walk and a solo homer, his first with Myrtle Beach.
  • 1B David Bote (.295) went 2 for 3 with an RBI (11) and a hit-by-pitch.
  • LF Yasiel Balaguert (.225) reached base three times, going 1 for 2 with two walks.

South Bend Cubs (16-8)
Midwest League (Single-A)
First Place (+1.0)

South Bend took a 6-0 lead in the third inning and held on for an 8-5 win over Kane County.

  • CF Donnie Dewees (.281) went 3 for 4 with a run scored. He is batting .383 (23 for 60) in 14 July contests.
  • 2B Carlos Sepulveda (.320) and 1B P.J. Higgins (.281) each tallied multi-hit games. Sepulveda has seven multi-hit games in his last nine.
  • SS Bryant Flete (.220) connected on a three-run homer (2) in the third inning.
  • RHP Greyfer Eregua (3.1 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 3 SO) picked up the win, tossing 3.1 scoreless innings of relief. It marked his sixth relief outing this season of at least three innings.

Eugene Emeralds (21-9)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
First Place (+6.0)

Eugene held on for a 7-6 win in a back-and-forth affair against Tri-City.

  • LF Kevonte Mitchell (.223) was 2 for 4 with a walk, two stolen bases (8) and three runs scored.
  • DH Michael Foster (.120) finished 1 for 2 with two walks and three RBI (3).
  • 1B Chris Pieters (.290) went 2 for 5 with a run scored, an RBI (14) and a stolen base (10).
  • RHP Michael Knighton (3 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO) picked up his second win of the season, allowing just one hit and one run in three innings.

 

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