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AP source: Chapman, Yankees reach deal for $86M, 5 years (The Associated Press)

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 05:31:05 PST

Aroldis Chapman found a spot in a most familiar bullpen - a very rich spot, too. The hard-throwing closer reached agreement to return to the New York Yankees on Wednesday night with the highest-priced contract ever for a relief pitcher, an $86 million deal for five years. Once it's done, the 28-year-old lefty whose fastballs routinely top 100 mph would shatter the previous richest contract for a reliever - that was the $62 million, four-year deal Mark Melancon signed with San Francisco just a couple days ago during the winter meetings.



MLB Network's 'Joy in Wrigleyville' is chock full of emotions (Big League Stew)

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 05:26:31 PST

For the first time since 1908, there was true joy in Wrigleyville after the Chicago Cubs won the World Series. Now we’ll have a unique opportunity to experience the joy up close and personal with some of the Cubs most loyal fans, which range from worldwide celebrities to the family next door. The aptly titled program “Joy in Wrigleyville,” will be the first offseason installment of the popular documentary series MLB Network Presents.



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

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:08:28 PST

A look at what's happening today at the baseball winter meetings in Oxon Hill, Maryland:



Cubs get Davis, Yankees get Chapman, Nats trade 3 young arms (The Associated Press)

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 23:57:57 PST

The champion Chicago Cubs filled their only real need, getting All-Star reliever Wade Davis. As for the Washington Nationals, well, they opened quite a debate Wednesday by trading not one, not two, but three talented, young pitchers for White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the contract was still pending a physical - it would be the richest deal ever for a reliever, shattering the $62 million, five-year pact Mark Melancon got from San Francisco just a couple days ago.



Yankees agree deal with Chapman: MLB (Reuters)

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 22:53:23 PST

(Reuters) - The New York Yankees have reached an agreement for the return of hard-throwing closer Aroldis Chapman, Major League Baseball reported on its website on Wednesday. Five months after trading the left-handed closer to the Chicago Cubs, the Yankees will bring him back with a five-year, $68 million free agent deal, the most lucrative for a reliever in baseball history. The 28-year-old is coming off a roller coaster World Series triumph in which he blew a save chance in the deciding Game Seven but ultimately got the win as the Cubs rallied to overcome Cleveland.



Baseball-Yankees agree deal with Chapman - MLB (Reuters)

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 22:46:19 PST

The New York Yankees have reached an agreement for the return of hard-throwing closer Aroldis Chapman, Major League Baseball reported on its website on Wednesday. Five months after trading the left-handed closer to the Chicago Cubs, the Yankees will bring him back with a five-year, $68 million free agent deal, the most lucrative for a reliever in baseball history. The 28-year-old is coming off a roller coaster World Series triumph in which he blew a save chance in the deciding Game Seven but ultimately got the win as the Cubs rallied to overcome Cleveland.



Cubs get closer Wade Davis from Royals for OF Jorge Soler (The Associated Press)

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 20:37:19 PST

Wade Davis already had closed out a World Series. In a trade between the last two champions, the Cubs acquired the All-Star reliever from the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday for outfielder Jorge Soler. Davis immediately takes over the spot held by Aroldis Chapman, who became a free agent after the Cubs won their first title since 1908.



World Series champion Chicago Cubs add new closer (AFP)

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 19:17:34 PST

The reigning World Series champion Chicago Cubs acquired right-handed closing pitcher Wade Davis from the Kansas City Royals for outfielder Jorge Soler, the Cubs announced on Wednesday. Davis is expected to fill the void as the closer for the Cubs, who look likely to lose left hander Aroldis Chapman to free agency. Chapman had served as Chicago's closer since a July trade.



Yanks finalize Holliday, try to add Chapman or Jansen (The Associated Press)

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:42:01 PST

Matt Holliday has won a World Series title and a batting championship. Holliday and the Yankees finalized a $13 million, one-year contract Wednesday, the first major league contract New York agreed to with a free agent since the 2014-15 offseason. ''He makes us better and at a very cost-effective rate in terms of a one-year deal,'' general manager Brian Cashman said.



Baseball-Major League Baseball roundup (Reuters)

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:18:27 PST

The Chicago Cubs acquired right-hander Wade Davis from the Kansas City Royals for outfielder Jorge Soler on Wednesday. Davis is expected to be the closer for the reigning World Series champion Cubs, filling the potential void of free agent Aroldis Chapman. The left-handed fireballer Chapman served as Chicago's closer since a July trade.



How much did Red Sox World Series odds improve following Chris Sale trade? (Big League Stew)

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:00:33 PST

The Chicago Cubs are still the team to beat, according to Bovada Las Vegas oddsmakers, but a flurry of moves on Tuesday has the Boston Red Sox right on their heels. In a span of hours, Boston added another ace by acquiring Chris Sale in a trade with the Chicago White Sox. To cap off their big afternoon, Boston signed first baseman/designated hitter Mitch Moreland to a one-year deal.



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.



Cubs to split up record $27.5 million in postseason pool money (Big League Stew)

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 17:41:41 PST

Thanks to another record year of revenue in Major League Baseball and a historic World Series victory, Chicago Cubs players are set to receive a hefty postseason bonus. As announced by MLB on Tuesday, the Chicago Cubs will split up a record $27,586,017.75 postseason pot among their players. Since the Cubs will be issuing 66 full shares, that means each player will receive $368,871.59.



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.



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.



Full postseason shares on Chicago Cubs worth $368,872 (The Associated Press)

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 11:56:32 PST

A full share on the Chicago Cubs following the team's first title since 1908 was worth $368,872, the commissioner's office said Tuesday. Chicago split $27.6 million into 66 full shares, 8.7 partial shares and four cash awards. A full share on Cleveland, which wasted a 3-1 Series lead against the Cubs, was $261,805, down from the record $300,758 for a World Series loser, set by last year's New York Mets.



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.



Melancon, Giants reach $62M, 4-year deal pending physical (The Associated Press)

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 21:41:39 PST

The San Francisco Giants landed the top-tier closer they have been seeking for months, agreeing to a $62 million, four-year contract with right-hander Mark Melancon on Monday. It's the richest contract ever for a closer, topping Jonathan Papelbon's $50 million, four-year deal with the Phillies from 2012-15, and the average annual value tops Mariano Rivera's $15 million with the New York Yankees from 2011-12. ''Really excited to have Mark,'' manager Bruce Bochy said in a text message.



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.



President Obama hopes to schedule Cubs White House visit before leaving office (Big League Stew)

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 18:21:46 PST

Not long after the Chicago Cubs World Series victory there were rumblings of a visit to the White House before outgoing president Barack Obama left office in January. According to the Chicago Tribune, those talks are more than just rumblings now. With seven weeks remaining in Obama’s presidency, members of his office are working with Cubs officials to get the visit scheduled before his final day.



Matt Holliday figures to balance Yanks' batting order (The Associated Press)

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 17:18:41 PST

Matt Holliday figures to balance the New York Yankees' lineup while not adding a lengthy payroll commitment to a team trying to get under the luxury-tax threshold within the next two years. ''Our preference would be to find someone that would be a short-term contract, that allows us to retain our draft pick, that provides us payroll flexibility as we move forward, doesn't block any kids going forward in the future, and obviously Matt Holliday would qualify under all those circumstances,'' Cashman said Monday at the winter meetings. Cashman wouldn't confirm Holliday's $13 million, one-year deal, which was reached Sunday and is subject to a successful physical.



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).



Cubs raising season ticket prices an average of 19.5 percent (The Associated Press)

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 14:25:08 PST

CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Cubs gave their long-suffering fans a World Series championship last season and now fans are going to have to give the Cubs something: More money.



Dawson says he voted for Selig for Hall (The Associated Press)

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 13:53:35 PST

Three decades after collusion, Andre Dawson put past feelings aside and voted to induct Bud Selig into the Hall of Fame. ''I vote based on the big picture,'' Dawson said. Dawson, inducted into the Hall in 2010, was among the victims when owners conspired against free agents following the 1985, 1986 and 1987 seasons, which led to a $280 million settlement between Major League Baseball and the players' association.



Rich Hill's $48M deal is risky, but the Dodgers are well-equipped to gamble (Big League Stew)

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 10:56:57 PST

In a reunion that makes a ton of sense for both sides, the Los Angeles Dodgers announced Monday that they’ve reached a three-year, $48 million agreement with veteran left-hander Rich Hill. The deal had been talked about for a few days and now that it’s official, it’s the very rich bow on top of a stunning comeback for Hill, who was in independent ball in 2015 and worked his way back to MLB success as a 36-year-old curveball specialist. Hill proved to be an excellent addition to the Dodgers rotation last season after being acquired from the Oakland A’s at the trade deadline.



Big names in play as baseball winter meetings open (The Associated Press)

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 17:32:24 PST

Andrew McCutchen, Chris Sale, Miguel Cabrera and Justin Verlander could be available for the right price. As baseball teams gathered for the start of the winter meetings Monday, star players were dangled along with the usual crop of free agents. ''When clubs take a dramatic change in direction or even a subtle one, that type of player can become available - although often it's just talk,'' New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Sunday.



James makes good on wager, wears Cubs kit to Bulls game (AFP)

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 19:56:14 PST

Cleveland star LeBron James made good on a World Series wager Friday, sporting a full Chicago Cubs baseball uniform upon arriving for the Cavaliers' Friday NBA game at the Chicago Bulls. In a bet with friend and former teammate Dwyane Wade, now with the Bulls, James agreed that he would turn out in the Cubs kit if the Chicago team beat the Cleveland Indians in baseball's championship showcase this year. The Cubs did indeed end their epic title drought, battling back from a 3-1 series deficit to do so.



Ross, Revere, Asche among 35 new free agents (The Associated Press)

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 19:47:31 PST

NEW YORK (AP) -- Tyson Ross, an All-Star pitcher for San Diego two years ago, was among 35 players who became free agents when their teams declined to offer them 2017 contracts on Friday.



Twins hire James Rowson as hitting coach (The Associated Press)

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 19:37:24 PST

The Minnesota Twins have hired James Rowson as their hitting coach. Rowson was the minor league hitting coordinator for the New York Yankees for seven of the last nine seasons. Between stints, the 40-year-old Rowson was the hitting coach for the Chicago Cubs for 1+ seasons after a midyear promotion from minor league hitting coordinator.