For Yanks, Chappy saves are here again!

For Yanks, Chappy saves are here again!

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Aroldis Chapman and his triple-digit fastball are heading back to the Bronx, as the left-handed closer has agreed to a five-year, $86 million contract with the Yankees on Wednesday night, a source told MLB.com.

The agreement sets a Major League record for the largest contract ever handed to a relief pitcher. The Yankees have not officially announced the signing, as Chapman must still pass a physical to finalize the deal.

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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.

2016 Rule 5 Draft results

2016 Rule 5 Draft results

The final day of the Winter Meetings begins with the annual Rule 5 Draft. Teams are only able to make a selection if they have space on their 40-man roster.

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Eaton to Nats; Giolito, 2 more prospects to White Sox

Eaton to Nats; Giolito, 2 more prospects to White Sox

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- After entering the Winter Meetings in position to make an impact move, the Nationals pulled off such a trade on Wednesday evening to acquire outfielder Adam Eaton from the White Sox while unloading three of their best prospects.

Eaton, who turned 28 on Tuesday, has been one of the most productive outfielders in the Majors during the past three years even though he has flown a bit under the radar. Since 2014, he has accumulated a 12.7 WAR (an average of about 4.2 per year), according to FanGraphs, which ranks 10th among all Major League outfielders. Combine that with an affordable long-term contract that has Eaton under team control until 2021, which includes two team options, and the Nats were enticed enough to veer from their normal trepidation to trade their top prospects.

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Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @jamalcollier. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cubs acquire closer Davis from Royals for Soler

Cubs acquire closer Davis from Royals for Soler

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The Cubs' goal this offseason was to restock the bullpen, and on Wednesday, they acquired a new closer in Wade Davis by trading Jorge Soler to the Royals.

"This was a big move for us this offseason, in an offseason where we don't feel we have to make a ton of big moves," Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said.

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Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rockies, Desmond reportedly agree to deal

Rockies, Desmond reportedly agree to deal

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- In a Winter Meetings surprise, the Rockies on Wednesday agreed with free-agent slugger Ian Desmond to fill their first-base opening -- or make other deals possible -- for five years and $70 million, according to multiple reports. The deal, which is pending a physical, has not been confirmed by the club.

Desmond, who played center field for the Rangers last season and hit .285 with 22 home runs and 86 RBIs while making the American League All-Star team, received a qualifying offer from Texas, so Colorado will forfeit the 11th overall pick in the 2017 MLB Draft.

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Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, listen to podcasts and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Sources: Marlins make five-year offer to Jansen

Closer played for Mattingly when he was with Dodgers

Sources: Marlins make five-year offer to Jansen

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Familiarity may become a factor in the Marlins being able to land the services of closer Kenley Jansen, one of the top free agents on the market. So might a hefty contract offer.

Miami manager Don Mattingly previously managed the All-Star right-hander during his time with the Dodgers. On Wednesday, Mattingly confirmed he's previously reached out to the durable closer to gauge if he's interested in signing with the Marlins.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Winter Meetings: 30 teams, 30 rumors

Winter Meetings: 30 teams, 30 rumors

Angels: The Angels are making progress in their search for a second baseman, starting pitcher and fourth outfielder, while also exploring smaller deals to potentially set up a larger move down the road. More »

Astros: The Astros are reluctant to deal from their core of Major League players, but they have been linked to White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana and would likely have to give up some top prospects to land a quality starter. More »

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Mike Petriello

Finding 9 possible new homes for Bautista

Slugger's 249 homers since 2010 are most in baseball

Finding 9 possible new homes for Bautista

Ten months ago, Jose Bautista reportedly asked the Blue Jays for a contract extension well in excess of $100 million. It didn't happen, and after an injury-plagued year and with a qualifying offer pick hanging over his head, he's likely to end up signing a deal for half of that or less. That might not be great news for Bautista, but it's fantastic news for a variety of teams who now find themselves in a situation where they might actually be able to get one of baseball's biggest sluggers. Where could he end up?

Briefly, on what Bautista is and will be headed into his age-36 season: No hitter in the Majors has more homers since 2010 than his 249. Though 2016 was Bautista's least productive season since becoming a regular in 2009, his .234/.366/.452 (122 wRC+) line was still above average and about as valuable on an offensive basis as seasons from Carlos Correa and Mark Trumbo. That said, his once-strong throwing arm has become a weakness (average of 84.4 mph per Statcast™, among the lowest in baseball) and his defensive value is no longer positive (-8 DRS in 2016).

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Mike Petriello is an analyst for MLB.com and the host of the Statcast podcast. He has previously written for ESPN Insider and FanGraphs. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Richard Justice

In rebuild mode, Hahn has 5 assets to deal

In rebuild mode, Hahn has 5 assets to deal

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- White Sox general manager Rick Hahn is off to a great start. In trading Chris Sale and Adam Eaton, he has already acquired four of MLB's top 40 prospects in the entire game.

Maybe the first step -- the trading of Sale to the Red Sox -- was the hardest. Now, Hahn is full speed ahead into a rebuild that will reshape the White Sox around youth and energy.

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. You can follow him on Twitter @richardjustice. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

With extra outfielder, Mets likely to trade Bruce

With extra outfielder, Mets likely to trade Bruce

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Entering the Winter Meetings this week, the Mets internally estimated their 2017 payroll at around $150 million. That's a bit of a jump for a team that only recently eclipsed the nine-figure threshold, dipping below $80 million for a time earlier this decade.

Given the Mets' current budget, it's also somewhat unsustainable. The Mets would like to enter next season with a payroll closer to $140 million, which they plan to accomplish by trading a corner outfielder -- likely Jay Bruce. General manager Sandy Alderson does not plan to reinvest the $13 million the Mets could potentially save from that deal fully into his relief corps, the roster's lone remaining need.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jonathan Mayo

In span of day, White Sox system skyrockets

Organization's Minor League depth among Top 10 in game after 2 blockbusters

In span of day, White Sox system skyrockets

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- For the second time in as many days, the Chicago White Sox seriously upgraded their farm system by unloading an established Major Leaguer. On Wednesday, it was outfielder Adam Eaton getting shipped to the Nationals for a trio of right-handed pitching prospects.

Not just any pitching prospects. Lucas Giolito is the highest-ranked pitching prospect on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 at No. 3 overall. Reynaldo Lopez isn't that far behind, at No. 38 overall. Dane Dunning was a first-round pick from the 2016 Draft who, while having a lower profile than his trade-mates, has the chance to be a very good big league starter.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter @JonathanMayo and Facebook, and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rumor Roundup: Rox intrigued by Stroman

Rumor Roundup: Rox intrigued by Stroman

The Hot Stove season is underway, and we're keeping you up to date with the latest free-agent news, trade buzz, rumors and more.

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Think you remember Tim Raines' career? Take our quiz and prove it

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Think you remember Tim Raines' career? Take our quiz and prove it

He's a seven-time All-Star with three World Series rings, and he's on the Hall of Fame ballot for the final time. Will Tim Raines head to Cooperstown next summer? We'll find out on Jan. 18 on MLB Network and MLB.com, but first: How well do you know the speedy star of the 1980s and 1990s? Take our quiz and find out:

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From Hack to Herrera: A history of the Rule 5 Draft

Complete overview of event that's been giving players a shot since before the World Series

From Hack to Herrera: A history of the Rule 5 Draft

Though it has changed considerably over the years, the Rule 5 Draft dates back a century and a quarter, making it older than the World Series. Along the way, it has produced many big league contributors and a handful of stars but remains a relatively minor source of talent.

Because the Rule 5 is a somewhat complicated affair, here is a look at how it works, as well as how it has evolved.

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Andrew Simon is a research analyst for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Astros could dangle prospects to get pitching

Astros could dangle prospects to get pitching

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- With general manager Jeff Luhnow remaining firm in his belief he doesn't want to trade any players who are essential to the core of the team's production next season in his pursuit of pitching, the Astros may have to swallow hard in parting with some of their top prospects.

The Astros continued their quest for pitching on the third day of the Winter Meetings on Wednesday and would likely have to give up at least one of their top prospects to land a quality starting pitcher.

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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.

It's time to think like a star player and ask yourself: How would you spend $400 million?

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It's time to think like a star player and ask yourself: How would you spend $400 million?

Amidst reports that Bryce Harper is seeking a $400 million contract, Jake Mintz of Cespedes Family BBQ sat down with Nationals beat reporter Jamal Collier to try to answer a critical question:

What would you do with $400 million?

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Mike Petriello

Eaton trade leads to ripple effect in Nats' defense

Turner likely to return to shortstop, pushing Espinosa to bench

Eaton trade leads to ripple effect in Nats' defense

The Nationals made an enormous Winter Meetings splash by acquiring Adam Eaton from the White Sox for highly-regarded pitching prospects Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez, and 2016 first-round pick Dane Dunning, and the ripple effects Wednesday's deal will have in Washington will be huge. Eaton is likely to take over center field, pushing Trea Turner back to shortstop, and turning incumbent shortstop Danny Espinosa into a reserve or a possible trade option.

There's little doubt that the offense will be far better off for this change, because Eaton (.284/.362/.428, 115 wRC+) is a huge improvement on both non-Turner outfielders Michael Taylor (.231/.278/.376, 72 wRC+) and Ben Revere (.217/.260/.300, 47 wRC+, non-tendered after the season) as well as Espinosa (.209/.306/.378, 79 wRC+), the three hitters who you'll see far less of next season. So in that sense, it's a win.

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Mike Petriello is an analyst for MLB.com and the host of the Statcast podcast. He has previously written for ESPN Insider and FanGraphs. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Mike Bauman

Rising value of relief market 'here to stay'

Rising value of relief market 'here to stay'

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The value of relief pitching is on the rise, not only on the mound, but also at the bank.

And this is not likely to be a temporary bout of inflation. It is early in the postseason, but all signs are pointing toward a sustained increase in bullpen worth.

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Mike Bauman is a national columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Richard Justice

Should O's make Britton available?

Market would be very strong for closer coming off amazing season

Should O's make Britton available?

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Should the Orioles now trade Zach Britton? In the energized market for closers, that's one of the questions being asked in the lobbies and suites at these Winter Meetings.

Mark Melancon set a record for a closer with a four-year, $62 million deal with the Giants. Aroldis Chapman is set to surpass that with a five-year, $86 million pact with the Yankees, and Kenley Jansen may have an offer in the range of Chapman's. Let's check the options:

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. You can follow him on Twitter @richardjustice. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Epstein still basking in post-Series euphoria

Epstein still basking in post-Series euphoria

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Theo Epstein, Cubs president of baseball operations, turned down invitations to late-night talk shows after the team's historic World Series championship, and he hasn't been asked to be a grand marshal for any parades, the way Ben Zobrist and David Ross have done.

Epstein is enjoying the euphoric feeling in Chicago following the Cubs' dramatic seven-game Series, which ended the longest championship drought in professional sports.

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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Sox don't expect Papi back despite Instagram post

Sox don't expect Papi back despite Instagram post

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Though David Ortiz playfully hinted on Instagram Tuesday night that Boston's acquisition of Chris Sale could change his mind about retirement, the Red Sox don't expect Big Papi to come back.

And even if Ortiz did have a stunning reversal of plans, he wouldn't be permitted to play until June.

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Desmond deal sparks Blackmon trade rumors

Desmond deal sparks Blackmon trade rumors

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The Rockies' reported deal with Ian Desmond -- the Rangers' center fielder last season -- raised a question: What are the Rockies planning to do with their center fielder, Charlie Blackmon?

Desmond, who agreed to a reported five-year, $70 million contract, is said to be switching to first base with the Rockies, but he represented the Rangers in last year's All-Star Game in center field, and he was an All-Star shortstop in 2012 during his seven seasons with the Nationals (2009-15). Desmond has been streaky throughout his career, but his .743 career OPS is solid for the positions he played.

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Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, listen to podcasts and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Holliday ready to rip for Yankees in any role

Seven-time All-Star signs 1-year deal, could see time as DH, outfielder and first baseman

Holliday ready to rip for Yankees in any role

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Clean-shaven and wearing the pinstripes for the first time, Matt Holliday stood in the runway to the home dugout at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday afternoon, looking out at the field while posing underneath Joe DiMaggio's famed words thanking the Good Lord for making him a Yankee.

This could be, Holliday thought, "a really good fit." Holliday officially became a member of the Yankees on Wednesday, as the seven-time All-Star and four-time Silver Slugger Award winner finalized a one-year, $13 million agreement that will install him in the heart of the Bombers' lineup.

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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.

Blue Jays aren't looking to part with Stroman

Right-hander rumored to be drawing interest from Rockies

Blue Jays aren't looking to part with Stroman

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman reportedly has caught the eye of the Rockies' organization, but a return of outfielder Charlie Blackmon will not be enough to get a deal done.

MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi reported on Wednesday afternoon that Toronto isn't willing to move Stroman in a one-for-one deal for Blackmon. That falls in line with the Blue Jays' previous stance of wanting to keep their current starting five intact for 2017.

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Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Phil Rogers

Kopech next in long line of Texas fireballers

Kopech next in long line of Texas fireballers

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Michael Kopech threw a 105-mph fastball in June, as you may have heard.

But here's what the accounts from that Carolina League outing did not include: He was throwing an easy 105, if such a thing is possible.

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Phil Rogers is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

'Excited' Sale eager to win ring with Red Sox

Lefty ready to pitch in front of Fenway faithful, likes proximity of camp to home

'Excited' Sale eager to win ring with Red Sox

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The newest Red Sox pitching star won't worry about being called "ace" on a staff that already includes reigning American League Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello and five-time All-Star and 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner David Price.

Instead, Chris Sale is ecstatic to join forces with his new team and put everything he has into trying to win a World Series for the first time in his career.

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hurdle hopes Bucs don't part with Cutch

With a diminished market, former NL MVP could stay put

Hurdle hopes Bucs don't part with Cutch

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The list of potential suitors for Andrew McCutchen has shortened this week, and the Pirates may leave the Winter Meetings with their franchise player in tow.

First came the Giants, who reportedly checked in on McCutchen but appear to be committed their internal options in left field. Then came the Rangers, who agreed to a deal with free-agent center fielder Carlos Gomez. The most intriguing landing spot fell off the board Wednesday, when the Nationals filled their outfield vacancy in a prospect-laden trade for Adam Eaton.

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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.

What's next? Nationals could seek relief help

Club has flexibility after trades for Eaton, Norris and may go after Jansen

What's next? Nationals could seek relief help

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The Nationals made a big splash at the Winter Meetings on Wednesday, when they acquired outfielder Adam Eaton from the White Sox for three of their top pitching prospects. Eaton has been an underrated star for the past few years, and he fills a need for the Nationals in the outfield while being under team control for the next five years at an affordable salary.

Both moves the Nationals have made this offseason -- Eaton and catcher Derek Norris -- have been for players who have an affordable salary, which could give them some flexibility to address their remaining needs. Their biggest need, and one of their top priorities this offseason, is acquiring help in the bullpen, mainly a reliever with closer experience.

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Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @jamalcollier. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Blue Jays add pitching depth with Oberholtzer

Atkins says left-hander could work in relief or as starter

Blue Jays add pitching depth with Oberholtzer

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The Blue Jays added a potential piece to their bullpen on Wednesday afternoon by signing left-hander Brett Oberholtzer to a Minor League deal with an invitation to Spring Training.

Oberholtzer spent the first three years of his Major League career as a starter, but he transitioned to the bullpen in 2016. He pitched for the Angels and Phillies, but he struggled with a 5.89 ERA over 70 1/3 innings, with all but two of his 37 appearances in relief.

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Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Alyson Footer

'Joy in Wrigleyville' to air on Network tonight

Documentary highlights Cubs' World Series win from fans' perspective

'Joy in Wrigleyville' to air on Network tonight

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Fans are, unwaveringly, a loyal, constant presence during a team's march toward a World Series, regardless of the size of the city or the age of the franchise.

But in 2016 it seemed as if the fans rooting for the Cubs had a starring role during the team's championship run, becoming as much of the story as the players whose responsibility it was to play near-perfect baseball in an effort to shed more than 100 years of city-wide angst.

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Alyson Footer is a national correspondent for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @alysonfooter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.