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LEADING OFF: What to watch at the baseball winter meetings (The Associated Press)

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 23:50:51 PST

The World Series champion Cubs are hoping to finish off a deal for closer Wade Davis in a trade that would send outfielder Jorge Soler to Kansas City. Davis has been dominant for the last three years and would inherit the role left open when Aroldis Chapman became a free agent. Looking to make a splash, the hometown Washington Nationals struck out on trying to acquire ace Chris Sale when the Chicago White Sox instead sent him to the Boston Red Sox.



Dose: Sale Switches Sox (Rotoworld)

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 22:08:00 PST

Boston's blockbuster trade highlighted a busy first half of Winter Meetings week outside Washington DC.



Done Deals: Carlos Gomez returns to Rangers on one-year deal (Big League Stew)

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 21:32:49 PST

Carlos Gomez will be back in a Rangers uniform for 2017. The temporary marriage between the Texas Rangers and Carlos Gomez at the end of last season turned out well enough that Gomez will reportedly be back in Arlington next season. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports said it was agreed upon.



David Ortiz teases return after Red Sox trade for Chris Sale (Big League Stew)

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 18:58:37 PST

Retired Red Sox star David Ortiz reiterated all season and continued promising after the fact that he has no intentions of playing again in 2017 or beyond. Could it be though that Boston’s monumental trade for Chicago White Sox Chris Sale on Tuesday has Big Papi rethinking his decision? “Thinking” can be interpreted any number of ways, of course, but if Ortiz is seriously thinking about what Red Sox fans hope he’s thinking about, then now might be a good time for them to start praying.



Sale traded to Red Sox, who's the next big name to move? (The Associated Press)

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 18:45:00 PST

The Cubs could use a closer, maybe someone like Wade Davis. Andrew McCutchen is still available, perhaps the Tigers really would deal Miguel Cabrera or Justin Verlander, and Cincinnati speedster Billy Hamilton might be on the move. The AL East champion Red Sox sent a package of four prospects including high-priced and highly talented hitter Yoan Moncada to the Chicago White Sox for the All-Star ace.



Red Sox get ace Chris Sale from White Sox for hefty package (The Associated Press)

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 18:34:29 PST

No surprise that Chris Sale got traded, it was time to go. ''The ability to get a Chris Sale doesn't come along very often,'' Boston president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said. Sale joins an already talented rotation with the AL East champions, now pitching alongside 2016 AL Young Award winner Rick Porcello, former winner David Price and knuckleballer Steven Wright.



Red Sox get setup man Thornburg from Brewers for INF Shaw (The Associated Press)

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 17:21:03 PST

Even before landing Chris Sale, the Boston Red Sox got the man they wanted - a setup man, in fact. The AL East champions locked down their eighth-inning spot Tuesday, acquiring right-hander Tyler Thornburg from the Milwaukee Brewers in a package that included infielder Travis Shaw. Relief pitchers have been a main focus across the majors this offseason, and Thornburg was the centerpiece in the first trade at baseball's winter meetings.



Red Sox 'go for it' with trade for lefty ace Sale (Reuters)

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 16:49:27 PST

The Boston Red Sox dramatically retooled to build anew after winning the World Series in 2013, but on Tuesday they revised the blueprint again to go all-in for another title chase. The time was right to send four promising players, including top Major League Baseball prospect Yoan Moncada of Cuba, to the Chicago White Sox for five-time All Star pitcher Chris Sale, said Dave Dombrowski, Boston's president of baseball operations. "We feel it gives us a chance to win now," Dombrowski told a news conference at MLB's Winter Meetings in Maryland on Tuesday.



Baseball-Red Sox 'go for it' with trade for lefty ace Sale (Reuters)

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 16:36:27 PST

By Larry Fine Dec 6 (Reuters) - The Boston Red Sox dramatically retooled to build anew after winning the World Series in 2013, but on Tuesday they revised the blueprint again to go all-in for another title chase. The time was right to send four promising players, including top Major League Baseball prospect Yoan Moncada of Cuba, to the Chicago White Sox for five-time All Star pitcher Chris Sale, said Dave Dombrowski, Boston's president of baseball operations. "We feel it gives us a chance to win now," Dombrowski told a news conference at MLB's Winter Meetings in Maryland on Tuesday.



White Sox finally decide to rebuild after decades in limbo (Big League Stew)

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 16:20:12 PST

For the first time in over 20 years, “rebuild” isn’t a dirty word on the South Side. After decades of half measures, the Chicago White Sox are going all-in, just not in the way many expected. With the trade of All-Star pitcher Chris Sale to the Boston Red Sox, the White Sox are finally embracing what has been evident for a while now: It’s time to start over. The Sale trade seems to indicate that the White Sox are serious about about a complete tear down.



Baseball-Major League Baseball roundup (Reuters)

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 16:20:06 PST

Dec 6 (The Sports Xchange) - Chris Sale is headed to Boston in a winter blockbuster deal. The Red Sox reportedly acquired Sale from the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday for top prospect Yoan Moncada and prospects Michael Kopech, Luis Basabe and Victor Diaz. Sale, a five-time All-Star and the American League strikeouts leader in 2015, joins forces with reigning American League Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello and former Cy Young recipient David Price. ...



Sale heading to Boston in White Sox trade (AFP)

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 15:08:51 PST

The Boston Red Sox have acquired Chris Sale from the Chicago White Sox in a blockbuster trade, it was confirmed Tuesday. The deal will see Sale head to Fenway Park while highly rated prospects Yoan Moncada, Michael Kopech, Luis Basabe and Victor Diaz head to Chicago. Sale's arrival strengthens an already formidable Boston bullpen which includes reigning American League Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello and former Cy Young recipient David Price.



White Sox deal Sale to Red Sox for top prospects (Reuters)

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 14:39:44 PST

(The Sports Xchange) - Chicago White Sox ace left-handed starter Chris Sale is headed to the Boston Red Sox for a package of prospects in a Winter Meetings blockbuster deal made on Tuesday. American League East champions Boston acquired Sale for top infield prospect Yoan Moncada, highly-rated pitcher Michael Kopech and prospects Luis Basabe and Victor Diaz, the teams announced at Major League Baseball's meetings in Maryland.



Baseball-White Sox deal Sale to Red Sox for top prospects (Reuters)

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 14:24:26 PST

* Sale sets up strong Red Sox rotation * White Sox add youth in rebuilding effort (Adds confirmation of trade, quotes) Dec 6 (The Sports Xchange) - Chicago White Sox ace left-handed starter Chris Sale is headed to the Boston Red Sox for a package of prospects in a Winter Meetings blockbuster deal made on Tuesday. American League East champions Boston acquired Sale for top infield prospect Yoan Moncada, highly-rated pitcher Michael Kopech and prospects Luis Basabe and Victor Diaz, the teams announced at Major League Baseball's meetings in Maryland.



Don't expect bullpen bingo from playoffs to become the norm (The Associated Press)

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 14:04:00 PST

Ned Yost enjoyed watching the Cleveland Indians' lights-out bullpen go to work in the playoffs because it was so familiar. ''It was amazing to see - to watch games and kind of understand the feeling that other teams had against us,'' the Kansas City Royals manager said. Like the Royals on the way to the World Series in 2015, the Indians mixed and matched relievers, leaning on Andrew Miller for multiple innings in different spots and turning to Cody Allen and Bryan Shaw in big situations.



Baseball-White Sox deal Sale to Red Sox for top prospects-reports (Reuters)

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 11:51:21 PST

Dec 6 (The Sports Xchange) - Chicago White Sox ace left-handed starter Chris Sale is headed to the American League East champion Boston Red Sox in a Winter Meetings blockbuster deal. Boston acquired Sale on Tuesday for top infield prospect Yoan Moncada, highly-rated young pitcher Michael Kopech and prospects Luis Basabe and Victor Diaz, according to a wide range of reports out of Major League Baseball's Winter Meetings in Maryland. Chicago finished 78-84 in fourth place in the five-team AL Central last season. ...



Photo of slimmed-down Pablo Sandoval emerges in offseason again (Big League Stew)

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 10:54:05 PST

They’ve become about as reliable as a photo of Bigfoot, but they appear far more often. Yes, we’re talking about offseason photos of Boston Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval. These photos are usually as blurry as a picture of Bigfoot, but they are scrutinized just as much.



White Sox trade Chris Sale to Red Sox for Yoan Moncada, three others (Big League Stew)

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 10:21:16 PST

The White Sox pulled the trigger, trading away ace Chris Sale. NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — It’s finally happened: The Chicago White Sox have traded ace Chris Sale. The Boston Red Sox have reportedly struck a deal with the White Sox that will send Sale to the Boston in exchange for infielder Yoan Moncada, pitcher Michael Kopech and two prospects.



The Yankees will retire Derek Jeter's number on Mother's Day (Big League Stew)

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 08:13:08 PST

Just two years after his 2014 retirement, the Yankees have decided to retire Derek Jeter’s jersey. Jeter’s No. 2 jersey will be retired on May 14, 2017, which is Mother’s Day. The Yankees, who love retiring numbers, last did it in 2015 when they retired the numbers of Jeter’s teammates Bernie Williams, Jorge Posada, and Andy Pettitte.



Dodgers keep free-agent pitcher Rich Hill with 3-year deal (The Associated Press)

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 22:48:59 PST

Those days of pitching for the Long Island Ducks, out of the majors and almost out of luck, happily seem far away now for Rich Hill. The free agent re-signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers for three years and $48 million, then frequently paused to steady himself while talking about that winding path. ''I think it's something that has been an incredible journey to get to this point, but never did I ever think that I would pack it in,'' the 36-year-old Hill said at the winter meetings in suburban Washington.



Winter meetings heat up: Melancon to Giants, Hill to Dodgers (The Associated Press)

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 19:26:13 PST

Albeit too late to save them this year, the San Francisco Giants got their closer. All-Star righty Mark Melancon and the Giants reached agreement on a $62 million, four-year contract Monday. As baseball's winter meetings heated up, lefty Rich Hill re-signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers for $48 million over three years.



Players pushed for end to All-Star/World Series link (The Associated Press)

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 18:49:13 PST

Having been pitched in five All-Star Games - losing the 2015 contest in Cincinnati - Clayton Kershaw wants them to have no part in determining World Series home-field advantage. ''It's an exhibition, so it shouldn't count,'' the Los Angeles Dodgers ace said Monday at the winter meetings. The American League won 11 of 14 All-Star Games played under the rule that gave home-field advantage to the World Series winner, and the AL representative won eight World Series in those years.



MLB meal money cut, but teams assume cost of clubhouse food (The Associated Press)

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 18:24:13 PST

Given his dining choices in the minor leagues a decade ago, Freddie Freeman is thrilled with big league chow. While daily meal money on the road for major league baseball players is being cut from $100.50 to $30 under the sport's new collective bargaining agreement, teams are assuming the cost of providing clubhouse food spreads for home games and road trips. In the minor leagues, you find a Waffle House and go get that,'' the Atlanta Braves star first baseman said Monday.



Cubs raising ticket prices nearly 20 percent after World Series win (Big League Stew)

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 17:17:51 PST

Following their World Series win, the Chicago Cubs are going to increase season ticket prices by nearly 20 percent next season, according to Jon Greenberg of The Athletic. Club box outfield seats are spiking 29.8 percent to $115.87. Field box infield seats are up 20 percent ($112) and field box outfield seats are up 28.8 percent ($89.73).



Japanese pitcher Otani eyeing move to MLB after 2017 season (The Associated Press)

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:57:39 PST

Japanese pitcher Shohei Otani says he could move to the major leagues after the 2017 season. The 22-year-old right-hander, who has also put up big numbers at the plate, signed a $2.37 million contract for next season with the Nippon Ham Fighters on Monday. Otani will not become eligible for free agency until after the 2021 season and will need the Fighters' approval to negotiate with a major league club through the posting system before that time.



Red Sox conscious of new luxury-tax penalties this offseason (The Associated Press)

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:53:27 PST

The big-spending Boston Red Sox could be far more conservative this offseason because of baseball's new luxury tax rules. President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said Monday that the new collective bargaining agreement's stricter penalties for spending above a certain payroll threshold could factor in to the team's plans. The Red Sox had $209 million committed to player salaries last season, fourth in the majors.



Red Sox exercise 2018 option on manager Farrell's contract (The Associated Press)

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 14:41:58 PST

The Boston Red Sox have exercised the 2018 option on manager John Farrell's contract. President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski announced the decision Monday during Major League Baseball's winter meetings. Farrell won the World Series in his first season with the Red Sox in 2013 and led them back to the playoffs last season.



Dose: New York Holliday (Rotoworld)

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 21:54:00 PST

Nate Grimm discusses Matt Holliday's deal, the Marlins' wish list and the Nats making a run at two stars in Monday's Offseason Dose.



Dodgers, Latin American players losers in MLB labor deal (The Associated Press)

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 16:49:52 PST

The Los Angeles Dodgers, Latin American teenagers and Cubans approaching their mid-20s were losers in baseball's new labor contract, which includes stiffer penalties for high-spending teams and a hard cap on signing bonuses for international amateurs. The Oakland Athletics also came up short, with the team's ability to receive revenue-sharing money to be trimmed in stages and eliminated in 2020. Mid-tier free agents were winners, with management agreeing teams will no longer forfeit first-round draft picks for signing players who turn down qualifying offers.



New Christmas sweater could land Ortiz on naughty list (The Associated Press)

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 13:02:43 PST

BOSTON (AP) -- David Ortiz has a new Christmas sweater out, but you might not want to wear it around the kids.