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The Yankees shocked the baseball world by acquiring the sport’s most intimidating pitcher in Aroldis Chapman on Monday, weeks after a trade sending Chapman to the Dodgers was scuttled due to the closer’s domestic violence accusations.

Chapman is currently under investigation by MLB after Yahoo Sports reported Chapman admitted to firing eight rounds from his gun into his garage after allegedly choking his girlfriend and pushing her against a wall at his Miami home on Oct. 30.

New York clearly decided to capitalize on Chapman’s lowered trade value — though it took them four prospects (right-handers Caleb Cotham and Rookie Davis and infielders Eric Jagielo and Tony Renda) to land the Cuban fireballer, none of them were particularly well-regarded.

As MLB.com’s Andrew Simon noted on Twitter, this gives the Yankees the three pitchers with the highest strikeout rates from last season, since they already have flamethrowers Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances at the back of their bullpen. Now, New York won’t have to depend on its shaky rotation for more than six innings on most nights.

A quick reminder of what the Yankees are obtaining: a 27-year-old southpaw shutdown closer who’s at the peak of his career and owns a fastball with an average speed of over 100 mph. Chapman posted a 1.63 ERA for Cincinnati in 2015 with 15.7 strikeouts per nine innings and a 37.1 percent ground-ball rate.

After a two-year adjustment period to the Majors, Chapman averaged 16.1 K/9 and more than 2.5 WAR between 2012-15.

The Yankees were better positioned to make this trade than most teams. Even if Chapman is suspended for a long period under MLB’s new domestic violence policy, they still have Miller and Betances to hold down the fort.

In fact, New York could actually benefit from a lengthy suspension for Chapman. As Yahoo’s Mike Oz points out, Chapman’s status as a free agent next offseason could be affected in such a scenario:

“As it stands, Chapman has five years and 34 days of major-league service time. He needs 138 more days on an active roster this season to reach free agency. If Chapman doesn’t, then the Yankees would keep him, under salary arbitration, for 2017. That makes the trade much more appealing from a baseball perspective.”

Though the Yankees’ public relations department likely won’t be thanking general manager Brian Cashman for this trade, there’s a good chance Yankees fans will be next fall — and maybe in 2017 and beyond, too.

Chapman’s domestic violence investigation will probably end up hurting the Reds more than the Yanks. Cincinnati was obviously intent on shipping out Chapman before the end of next season, since they don’t figure to be contending for the next two seasons. Like the Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies, their plan is to bottom out as low as possible while the Cubs, Pirates and Cardinals battle it out in the National League over the next several years.

This diminished return has got to be disappointing, however. Chapman was supposed to fetch a handsome return, even for just a year of his services. Instead, the Reds get two prospects ranked by MLB.com No. 6 (Jagielo) and No. 10 (Davis) in the Yankees’ system and two (Cotham, Renda) who didn’t crack the top 30.

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