NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The Red Sox have struck for a blockbuster trade that makes an already solid team a potentially fearsome one, acquiring lefty ace Chris Sale from the White Sox on Tuesday for a four-prospect package that includes infielder Yoan Moncada. Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski announced the trade.
The Red Sox will also send highly touted pitching prospect Michael Kopech, outfielder Luis Alexander Basabe and right-hander Victor Diaz to Chicago. Moncada is the top-ranked prospect in the game, according to MLB Pipeline.com.
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Perhaps the biggest name being bandied about since the Winter Meetings began, left-handed ace Chris Sale, has been dealt to the Red Sox. To get the five-time All-Star, president of baseball operations Dave Dombowski had to seriously raid the prospect cupboard, dealing four of the organization's Top 30 to the White Sox.
The headliner of those four, of course, is No. 1 overall prospect Yoan Moncada. Signed two months shy of his 20th birthday, the Red Sox gave Moncada $31.5 million to sign out of Cuba, a record bonus for an amateur player. That blew past their international pool, forcing them to pay an additional $31.5 million in penalties.
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Mike Napoli would love to keep the party going in Cleveland for two more seasons. The free-agent slugger is just waiting for the Indians to come calling with the kind of multi-year contract that will convince him to re-sign as their first baseman.
Napoli's camp met with the Indians' brass on Monday during Day 1 of the Winter Meetings at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, but no follow-up meeting was scheduled as of Tuesday morning. The Indians' preference is to bring Napoli back on a one-year deal, while he is seeking a multi-year contract and is confident about securing such a deal this offseason.
Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Red Sox land Thornburg for Shaw, 2 prospects
Boston sends third baseman, plus Dubon, Pennington to Milwaukee for reliever
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The Red Sox accomplished their top priority of the offseason on Tuesday morning, acquiring righty setup man Tyler Thornburg in a trade with the Brewers, team president Dave Dombrowski announced.
Travis Shaw, who was Boston's primary third baseman in 2016, will move to Milwaukee in the deal. The Red Sox are also sending two prospects -- shortstop Mauricio Dubon and right-hander Josh Pennington -- as well as a player to be named or cash considerations.
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The Yankees are continuing to receive offers for outfielder Brett Gardner, though general manager Brian Cashman said that nothing has moved the needle thus far toward a potential trade.
"He's here not because I can't move him; he's here because I'm not comfortable moving him, or haven't been satisfied in my asks that would make me move him," Cashman said. "You're going through the process, and you see if that changes. So far to this point, I've said no to a lot of different concepts thrown my way on it."
AJ Cassavell is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Smith first woman to win Spink Award
Trailblazer to be honored during Hall of Fame induction weekend in Cooperstown
By Barry M. Bloom
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- When Claire Smith became the first female recipient of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award from the Baseball Writers' Association of America on Tuesday, she received a standing ovation by the group of writers that had just elected her.
An emotional Smith, whose career in newspapers and electronic media dates back to the 1970s, was asked if she wanted to say a few words to the writers who elected her with 272 votes on the 449 ballots cast.
Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Details of MLB, MLBPA labor agreement
A. Five-year contract.
B. Termination Date: December 1, 2021.
II. SCHEDULING, POSTSEASON PLAY, AND DISABLED LIST
A. Beginning in 2018, the regular season will be expanded to provide four additional off-days for players. Players will continue to be credited with a full year of service for accruing 172 service days over 187 days, rather than 183.
B. Additional restrictions on start times of games on getaway days so that players will arrive in their next city at an earlier time.
C. Home-field advantage in the World Series will be awarded to the Club with the higher winning percentage in the Championship Season, rather than based on the outcome of the All-Star Game.
D. The 15-day disabled list will be replaced with a 10-day disabled list.
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The Angels are doing serious tire-kicking at the Winter Meetings as they look for a second baseman, pitching, a fourth outfielder and possibly more.
One of the arms the Angels are considering is right-hander Bud Norris, according to a source. Norris, a 31-year-old who grew up in the North Bay Area suburb of Novato, Calif., started and relieved for the Braves and Dodgers in 2016, going 6-10 overall with a 5.10 ERA.
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- For the first time in 2018, all eligible members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America who file ballots for the annual election of players to the National Baseball Hall of Fame will have their votes made public.
The membership voted, 80-9, in favor of that transparency after a short discussion at the annual BBWAA gathering during the Winter Meetings on Tuesday morning.
Phil Rogers is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Golfer/MiLB owner Watson enjoying Meetings
By Corinne Landrey |
If you're at the Winter Meetings and you see a guy who looks an awful lot like pro-golfer Bubba Watson, chances are you just saw the man himself. Watson may be most famous for his exploits on the golf course, but he's also an active businessman. One of his projects is partial ownership of the Reds' Double-A affiliate, the Pensacola Blue Wahoos.
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Committing an unprecedented sum of money in an attempt to offset unprecedented lapses in performance, the Giants announced Monday that they obtained the closer they sought by agreeing to a four-year contract with free-agent right-hander Mark Melancon. An industry source confirmed Melancon's contract is worth a total of $62 million, including a $20 million signing bonus of which $12 million will be paid up front. The deal includes salaries of $4 million in 2017 and $10 million in 2018, after which Melancon may opt out of the deal. If Melancon opts into the last two years, the salary is $14 million per season.
The pact's average annual value of $15.5 million and the total figure established highs for relief pitchers. Both all-time saves leader Mariano Rivera, whose salary topped out at $15 million annually, and Jonathan Papelbon, who signed for $50 million over four years with Philadelphia before the 2012 season, were eclipsed.
Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Yanks pursuing Chapman, talking to Jansen
GM Cashman keeping his options open at Winter Meetings
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The Yankees aren't balking at Aroldis Chapman's reported desire for a six-year contract, believing there is mutual interest to work out a reunion with the flame-throwing closer, but they maintained contact with other bullpen options as the Winter Meetings opened Monday at the Gaylord National Harbor Resort & Convention Center.
In addition to Chapman, general manager Brian Cashman said that he has been talking to free-agent closer Kenley Jansen and that he is considering trade opportunities to add a reliever. Chapman told ESPN's Marly Rivera that he would like a six-year contract, though the left-hander refuted a suggestion that his eventual deal must exceed $100 million.
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The last of the Yankees' single-digit uniform numbers is now officially out of circulation, as the organization announced that it will retire Derek Jeter's No. 2 and unveil his Monument Park plaque on May 14 of this upcoming season.
In a pregame ceremony prior to the Yankees' Mother's Day game against the Houston Astros, Jeter will become the 22nd player in franchise history to have his number retired, and the first since teammates Bernie Williams, Jorge Posada and Andy Pettitte each had their number retired during the 2015 season.
Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Stars come out to celebrate Under Armour deal
MLB launches partnership with Under Armour and Fanatics
By Alyson Footer
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- A uniform partnership between Major League Baseball, Under Armour and Fanatics was consummated in All-Star fashion on Monday, with several of the game's biggest stars gathering to celebrate a landmark deal that will -- literally -- change the look of the modern-day ballplayer.
Beginning in 2020, Under Armour will be the exclusive provider of all on-field uniform components, including jerseys featuring Under Armour branding, for all 30 MLB teams. The 10-year deal, announced earlier on Monday, was met with rousing approval from several players who have been Under Armour fans for years, and who are looking forward to further enhancing their athletic wardrobes with UA gear.
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Joaquin Benoit became the newest member of the Phillies' bullpen on Tuesday.
The Phillies finalized a one-year deal with the 39-year-old right-hander. Benoit went a combined 3-1 with a 2.81 ERA in 51 appearances with the Mariners and Blue Jays last season. He posted a 5.18 ERA in 26 games for Seattle, but a 0.38 ERA in 25 appearances with Toronto.
Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Conflicting reports on Harper, Nats talking extension
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- It has long been speculated that Bryce Harper could command the largest contract in baseball history when he reaches free agency after the 2018 season, but according to his agent, the two sides have not discussed such a deal at this time.
Harper's agent, Scott Boras, told MLB.com's Jon Morosi the only contractual discussions between the two sides have pertained to Harper's 2017 season, when the slugger is eligible for arbitration.
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Rich Hill officially came off the board Monday, and now a thin starting pitching market qualifies as absolutely emaciated.
The rapidity of that evolution is nothing we didn't expect going into this Hot Stove season. But the reality of the situation is that Hill, at 36 years old and less than two years removed from the independent Long Island Ducks, represented the top of this free-agent class, which, with no offense meant to a man who never quit on himself and cashed in on his amazing tale, told you all you needed to know about the class itself.
Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The first day of the Winter Meetings brought a new round of rumors around the Pirates and Andrew McCutchen -- and perhaps a new suitor for Pittsburgh's franchise player.
The Dodgers have shown recent interest in McCutchen, MLB.com's Jon Morosi reported Monday morning. The Nationals have been viewed as the most likely landing spot for McCutchen, if the Pirates decide to deal him, but the Dodgers are also a logical fit given their resources and need for a right-handed hitter.
Adam Berry has covered the Pirates for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook, read his blog and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Jon Paul Morosi
Encarnacion's skill set strong; timing off
DH/1B might regret turning down Blue Jays' 4-year, $80 million deal
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Legendary Dodgers executive Tom Lasorda, a decades-long fixture at MLB's Winter Meetings, is not attending the current one on doctor's orders.
Lasorda, who turned 89 in September, adhered to medical advice that he not travel cross country from his California home for the Winter Meetings that started Monday and end Thursday. In October, Lasorda was hospitalized for a week with back and shoulder problems.
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The Orioles have made it pretty clear that they'd like to re-sign free-agent outfielder Mark Trumbo, though nothing seemed imminent on Monday night as the club can only hope the market for Trumbo comes down.
O's executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette, who confirmed on Sunday night that the club had extended an offer, said on Monday that there wasn't anything new in those negotiations.
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Contract-signing announcements at the Winter Meetings are routine, but not for Rich Hill.
Speaking Monday after signing a three-year, $48 million deal to remain with the Dodgers, an emotional Hill choked up several times as he recounted the "incredible journey" to get to this payday, only three months from his 37th birthday.
Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Astros finalize 1-year deal with Beltran
Slugger, who made name for himself in Houston, agrees to $16 million
By Brian McTaggart
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Carlos Beltran never wanted to leave Houston a dozen years ago. He was coming off an unforgettable postseason performance, was on the verge of stardom and wanted to be with the Astros for the next seven years.
So the Astros, who had acquired Beltran in a trade with Kansas City midway through the 2004 season, made him a seven-year offer following the season, but were stunned when he signed with the Mets for seven years and $119 million after Houston wouldn't give him a no-trade clause.
Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Star power: 30 players confirmed for Classic
By Chad Thornburg
With the World Baseball Classic just a few months away, the rosters are beginning to take shape. More names surfaced Monday as the World Baseball Classic released an initial list of 30 players who are confirmed to be participating in the 2017 tournament.
Spanning 16 countries, the players include 24 Major League All-Stars, but the upcoming WBC, which will take place in March, provides a global stage for veterans and rising stars alike.