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Closer Mark Melancon and the Giants have agreed to a contract, pending a physical, sources told ESPN's Buster Olney.

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Winter meetings checklist for all 30 teams

The champs need a closer. The Dodgers must find Clayton Kershaw a wingman. Here's what's on the agenda as the winter meetings hit D.C.

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Forecasting the fallout from the new CBA

From big-market teams spending less to notable free agents having trouble finding a home, the new deal will have an immediate impact this offseason.

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Insider Roundtable: How to make deals in a weak market

Conventional wisdom says it's a weak market this offseason. So what's a GM to do when there's no potential game-changing free agent to sign? Our experts explore the options.

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2016 MLB winter meetings

From big-name signings to blockbuster trades, what will be the moves that shape this year's winter meetings and beyond? Keep up with all of the latest action.


Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers use the first official day of the winter meetings to announce their deal with free-agent pitcher Rich Hill is official. It is a three-year deal, with no financial terms announced.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

The Yankees have made it clear that they are interested in Aroldis Chapman, but at what level will they be willing to dive in. With Mark Melancon off the board to the Giants, the Yankees have less options if they don't sign Chapman. Even with that said, it still seems unlikely the Yankees would extend to five years at big money for Chapman. At four years, they could be in the ballpark, but it is not a certainty they would win a bidding war.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

For now, it appears two clubs, maybe more, are all-in in star closer market--Yankees and Marlins--with Chapman and Jansen still on the board

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Sources: The Giants and Mark Melancon have agreed to a deal, pending a physical; Melancon is going through his physical.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Bud Selig is now likely to go into the Hall of Fame before baseball's all-time home run king, Barry Bonds. Asked if Bonds belongs in the Hall of Fame, Selig said: "That's up to (the writers). Listen, I have never commented on him or anybody else."

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Asked Monday about his role in the PED era, Bud Selig replied: "I've talked a lot about the steroid situation. . . . As commissioner, my role was to solve that problem. And we did. In fact, we solved it better than I think any of us had any right to believe – to think that we would come out of it with the toughest testing program in American sports, and maybe in America."

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Perception of rival evaluators: SF appears most aggressive team in pursuit of Mark Melancon, who grew up in COL, played at U of Arizona.

Matt Marrone ESPN.com 

Hall of Fame-bound former MLB comissioner Bud Selig said he was "very proud" of his successor, Rob Manfred, for his work in reaching a CBA deal last week."Who could have believed," said Selig, "given all the stuff that went on for 25 years, to have [21] years of labor peace."


Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Not hearing anything has changed since the day the Cubs acquired Aroldis Chapman, there's no momentum towards a long term deal for him.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox have discussed free agent Greg Holland as setup man. Can Holland return to form from before Tommy John elbow surgery? Royals manager Ned Yost: "I don't know if he will ever be what he was ... and I mean, stuff-wise, 97-98 mph. But the thing about Greg Holland is I've never met anybody that's more of a fierce, fearless competitor than he was. When you have that in your DNA, you can get by at 92-93 mph. It wouldn't surprise me that he gets back to being the dominant guy."

Matt Marrone ESPN.com 

?Your newest Baseball Hall of Famers, former MLB commissioner Bud Selig and longtime exec John Schuerholz, introduced this morning at the winter meetings. "This is the sterling moment of my life," said Schuerholz during brief remarks from each. "The Shangri-La of my dreams." Bud Selig said his election left him "speechless."

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers' top minor league prospect Cody Bellinger (first base) was named to the Arizona Fall League 2016 Top Prospects Team. Bellinger was third in the league in slugging percentage (.557), extra base hits (11-tie), and OPS (.981). He also hit a homer in in the Fall Stars Game.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Bud Selig: "To be included in the Hall of Fame in a sport that I love really has left me almost speechless. And I'm rarely speechless."

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Bud Selig & John Schuerholz try on their new Hall of Fame jerseys for the first time since their election yesterday

Jim Witalka ESPN Producer 

Ned Yost brought his World Series ring to meet the media as the winter meetings kick off

Matt Marrone ESPN.com 

Any chance slugger Carlos Gonzalez gets traded this week at the winter meetings? Says new Rockies manager Bud Black: "He's here. He's a Rockie. He's gonna help us win in 2017." So he'll be in the Opening Day lineup? "Yes."


Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

The Marlins are telling agents they're "considering all options" in their closer hunt, but Kenley Jansen still appears to be their top choice, because of his ties to Don Mattingly.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Royals manager Ned Yost says GM Dayton Moore isn't going to make any trades just to save money.


Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

The Indians/Encarnacion conversation just polite. He'd be way too expensive for that market, in all likelihood.