Cubs Say F It and Trade Top 15 Prospect For Aroldis Chapman
On Monday morning the Chicago Cubs officially agreed to a trade with the New York Yankees that brought Aroldis Chapman in Chicago for Adam Warren and a few minor league prospects. One of the prospects was the Cubs' top prospect, Gleyber Torres, who is a potential phenom.
So why make this trade? Why sacrifice the future for a closer, when you already have a dominant one in Hector Rondon? That's easy. 108. 108 years since the last time the Cubs won a World Series championship. 71 years since the curse of the Billy Goat made sure they would never win another one. Theo Epstein, who has already broken one curse, sees the opportunity to become eternal.
For those who don't know, the curse was laid upon the Cubs during the 1945 World Series. Billy Sianis, the owner of the Billy Goat Tavern, was kicked out of the Game 4 of the World Series at Wrigley Field, after he brought his pet goat with him. The goat smelled horrible and the Cubs kicked him out of the stadium. As a result, Billy stated that the Cubs would not win another World Series at Wrigley Field.
Billy and his goat are long gone, but his curse still looms large over Wrigley Field. The Cubs traded their top prospect for a closer who throws 105 mph, but can be a free agent after this season. Of course the Cubs are extremely young and talented at the major league level and Torres is only in single A, but this trade clearly signal the Cubs are again tired of waiting.
As for the Yankees, that organization did very well here. Over the last nine months, the Yankees have given the Cubs Brendan Ryan, and an expiring contract in Chapman, for Starlin Castro and some of their top prospects. Perhaps the best part of the trade for the Yankees is that they can very well go and sign Chapman again in the offseason. They also wouldn't have to give away their first round pick to do so. Doesn't it feel inevitable from the Evil Empire?
The future is now for the Cubs, which is why we can't blame them for going for it. But if they don't win the World Series now and Chapman bolts and injury strikes, Billy Sianis will be looking down with a massive smile.
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