Yankees-Cubs Aroldis Chapman-Gleyber Torres trade remains deadline deal ‘gold standard’

It’s been five years since Brian Cashman was a trade deadline seller. And boy, did he sell.

In 2016, the New York Yankees general manager traded Aroldis Chapman to the Chicago Cubs and Andrew Miller to the Cleveland Indians. In return, Cashman landed a pair of prime prospects: Gleyber Torres and Clint Frazier.

(Chapman’s Cubs went on to meet Miller’s Indians in the 2016 World Series, after which Chapman returned to the Bronx.)

This year, the Yankees sit in third place in the American League East, seven games behind the first-place Boston Red Sox with eight days until the July 30 trade deadline.

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But MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports Cashman’s 2016 sell-off, the “the gold standard of July moves,” continues to haunt potential trade deadline wheelers and dealers.

“It leaves the rest of us hunting those types of returns,” the AL GM said. “We’re seemingly reluctant to acknowledge that’s likely a return too good to be true. ... If you have an impact player, your owner says, ‘Where is the Gleyber Torres return?’ I’m not sure there’s another deal like that that’s going to happen in the near term. It distorts expectations; owners may not be aware of every deal, but they seem to be aware of the ones that worked out for the sellers.”

Torres initially blossomed with the Yankees, becoming a two-time All-Star and slugging a career-best 38 home runs in 2019. But over the last two seasons, Torres has regressed, hitting a total of nine home runs in 124 games.

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