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Aroldis Chapman, once-dominant closer, joins AL West-leading Rangers

Texas Rangers acquire Aroldis Chapman in trade with Kansas City Royals.

The Texas Rangers have acquired Aroldis Chapman in a trade with the Kansas City Royals. Chapman, who had a rough ending with the New York Yankees, impressed his teammates and the front office during his brief stay with the Royals. The Rangers, who are leading the AL West, added the once-dominant closer to their bullpen as they chase their first division title in seven years.

Chapman, who is 35 years old, didn't have much success with the last-place Royals. He had previously played six seasons with the Yankees before joining the Royals this season. Before that, he split the 2016 season between the Yankees and the Cubs, helping the Cubs win their first World Series championship in 108 years.

In exchange for Chapman, the Royals received left-hander Cole Ragans, who was called up from Triple-A Round Rock, and minor league outfielder Roni Cabrera.

Chapman had some struggles towards the end of his tenure with the Yankees. He dealt with injuries and lost the closer job. He also had some off-field issues, including missing a mandatory team workout and being left off the Division Series roster.

The Rangers did extensive background work on Chapman and feel comfortable with him both as a person and as a player. They believe he fits a need in their bullpen and can provide a swing and miss ability at the back end.

Chapman signed a one-year contract with the Royals in January and can earn additional performance bonuses. The Rangers will be responsible for a portion of his salary.

The Royals didn't expect to contend this season, so Chapman didn't figure to be a long-term fit for them. They decided to make a move sooner rather than later while Chapman was pitching well.

The Texas bullpen has been inconsistent, but lefty Will Smith has been reliable as the closer. However, the Rangers plan to use Chapman in a similar way to how the Royals used him, based on matchups and evolving situations.

Chapman, known for his high velocity pitches, has seen a slight increase in velocity this season. He has averaged over 100 mph on his sinker and his fastball average is also up from last year.

Chapman has had a successful career, with over 300 career saves. However, he has only had one season with 30 saves since 2020.

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