Chapman was reportedly heading to Hollywood earlier this off-season, but the league vetoed the deal due to a domestic violence investigation against the closer stemming from an October incident. Nothing has been made of this situation since then, and the Yankees jumped on the opportunity to bolster their bullpen.
The four minor league players going to Cincinnati are pitchers Caleb Cotham and Rookie Davis, as well as infielders Eric Jagielo and Tony Renda.
Chapman will join the likes of Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances in the back-end of the bullpen, the only three relievers to strike out 100 batters last season. If no other moves are made, the Yankees will become the first team to have three relievers who had 100 strikeouts the season before.
New York has clarified that they are well aware of the ongoing investigation from Major League Baseball and and Florida law enforcement from the October 30th incident. The report claims that Chapman allegedly choked his girlfriend and fired eight shots at her in their garage.
Chapman has not been charged with domestic violence due to insufficient evidence, but the team believes their new reliever could still be suspended 45 days in connection with handling the gun.
This incident is the reason behind the Chapman-to-the-Dodgers deal falling through three weeks ago. His girlfriend claims he pushed and choked her after she found something she didn't like on his phone, while Chapman told police that he poked her on the shoulder and she fell.
As the investigation continues, the Yankees hope to look on the bright side of things on the field. With the addition of Chapman, New York now holds a nearly unstoppable bullpen heading into 2016.