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The big news coming out of yesterday was the trade that the New York Yankees pulled off, acquiring Aroldis Chapman from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for four prospects. It came as a bit of a surprise to see Chapman moved after the fiasco that was the failed deal with the Dodgers, and the reports leaking about a potential domestic abuse incident involving Chapman. But, the Yankees stepped up and took on Chapman to add him to an already powerful bullpen.
Cincinnati receives a package of four minor-leaguers from the Yankees, with Jagielo serving as the headliner. It is unclear what the Reds would have received from the Dodgers in the previously agreed-upon trade, though Jose Peraza (who was sent to Cincinnati in the Todd Frazier deal) was thought to be part of the package.
Jagielo, a 23-year old third baseman, was New York's 1st-rounder in the 2013 draft and could be the long-term replacement for Frazier in Cincinnati. He was ranked by MLB.com as the 6th-best prospect in the Yankees' system at the time of the deal and is regarded as an offense-first player who has strong power. Jagielo spent last season at Double-A Trenton, but could help the Reds in the majors at some point in 2016.
The Washington Nationals aren't done, as they have shifted their focus to adding an outfielder.
Our own Mike Bates talked about his experience meeting Dave Henderson.
My time with Dave Henderson, however, has stuck with me. It's a powerful memory, like Abram realizing that God not only knew who he was but had a vested interest in him. I came away from that interaction different. More comfortable, for one. But also more enthusiastic for the game and the people who played it. Now, time and reality have taught me not to read too much into this interaction. I have no idea if Dave Henderson was a good man or not. I know he was a great player, and that teammates and fans universally loved him everywhere he played. I also know that he made my life better, because baseball has helped me get through times in my life that were difficult.
24-year-old Cuban right-hander Yaisel Sierra has been granted free agency, according to MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez.
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Today in Baseball History: In 1933, Yankees owner Jake Rupper refuses to release Babe Ruth so he can go manage the Cincinnati Reds.