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Does winter meetings splash make Red Sox better than Cubs?

With the Red Sox making their World Series-or-bust intentions clear for 2017, here's a way-too-early look at how they match up with the champs.

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Over the last three seasons, Wade Davis owns the lowest ERA and opponent OPS among pitchers with at least 100 innings pitched during that span.

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"I would be surprised if [Christian McCaffrey] isn't taken in the first round," Stanford coach David Shaw

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

Christian McCaffrey put up "the best singular year in college football history -- without debate" in 2015, David Shaw said.

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Wade Davis (traded from the Royals to the Cubs) owns the lowest ERA in MLB history as a reliever (1.51) among all pitchers with at least 250 career innings in relief. He is the only pitcher in MLB history to have multiple seasons with at least 50 IP and an ERA of 1.00 or lower (2014 and 2015).

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs have a new closer in Wade Davis as they traded Jorge Soler to the Royals on Wednesday. The move means Hector Rondon will continue to set up along with Carl Edwards Jr. who emerged late last season. Soler is better suited in the AL where he can DH giving him a better chance to stay healthy while limiting his time on defense. Davis played for Joe Maddon in Tampa Bay.

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Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffrey have declared for the NFL draft, and the expectation is Florida State's Dalvin Cook will eventually as well to make for a strong 2017 RB class. He's rushed for more than 1,600 yards in each of the last two seasons, but so far he's declined comment about his future.

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Christian McCaffrey will finish his Communication degree at Stanford. "I don't know when, but I will finish," he said. "As soon as my career takes shape, I'll figure out a plan. Stanford does a great job of encouraging former players to return and graduate."

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

College football has enjoyed a transcendent talent in Christian McCaffrey. He's racked up over 2,000 more all-purpose yards than any other player over the past two years and has shown unprecedented versatility. This year, McCaffrey showed he can also be a great short yardage back -- and that likely sealed his early-pick NFL Draft ticket.

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ESPN Stats and Information  

Christian McCaffrey's 6,191 all-purpose yards in the last two seasons are nearly 2,000 more than any other FBS player.

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey made the right decision in declaring for the NFL draft. He had nothing left to prove at the college left and will be an interesting player to watch develop in the NFL. "I talked to Coach Shaw about everything. He completely agreed," McCaffrey said in a statement. "Really, it just made sense. The opportunity is right in front of me."

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Sammy Watkins, not practicing today because of his foot, watching practice from the sideline.