Historical Trade Rumors: Mariano Rivera was nearly a Detroit Tiger?


In July of 2016, the New York Yankees and Chicago Cubs completed what history will view as one of the most impactful trades of all time.

Theo Epstein and Cubs acquired All-Star closer Aroldis Chapman, who would ultimately help them to snap a 108-year World Series drought. However, Chapman left in free agency after the season, returning to the Yankees on a five-year/$86 million free agent contract.