According to a report from Ken Rosenthal, the Yankees are telling teams they are nearing a deal for LHP Aroldis Chapman. The Yankees were expected to move Chapman before the Aug. 1 non-waiver trade deadline.
Reports have suggested the Nationals are the favorites to acquire Chapman.
According to Jon Heyman, the Nationals, Cubs, Giants and Indians were all in on Chapman the last he heard.
Ken Rosenthal also reported the Yankees have told interested teams that LHP Andrew Miller will not be traded. The Yankees have decided to hold on to Miller, who is under contract for two more seasons (through the 2018 season).
Rosenthal broke the news around 9:30pm CDT. Will continue to update as information becomes available.
Updated 10:24pm CDT – According to Ken Rosenthal, a trade for Aroldis Chapman is “not necessarily imminent.” The Yankees are “ready to bring the process to conclusion.” And Jon Heyman reported that “nothing is confirmed or even known to be close, but the Nationals have been very hopeful to land Chapman.”