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Reasons to regret Chapman deal? 86 million -- and one

Aroldis Chapman will be hard-pressed to justify his five-year Yankees deal on the field, assuming he can handle life-changing money away from it.

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Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Aroldis Chapman on why he included the no-trade provision to California: "I just didn't want to go that far from my family. I did have the opportunity to stay here near my house (in Florida, playing with the Miami Marlins) but no, I leaned more towards (going to) New York."

ESPN Stats and Information  

Since Aroldis Chapman's first season in 2010, he has 2,241 pitches at 100 MPH or faster, more than the next 7 pitchers on the list of MLB leaders, COMBINED. This past season Chapman was throwing harder than ever. He threw 111 pitches that reached 103 MPH, almost 4 times as many as any other pitcher in a season in the last five years - and that was him, too.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Aroldis Chapman just told me he was between the Miami Marlins and the New York Yankees in the end, decided to go to the Yankees. Chapman: "I love the (Yankees) organization. They welcomed me with open arms and that's why I decided to go back, I was hoping I had a chance to go back and it happened." "Every player dreams of being a Yankee, and if they don't it's because they never got the chance."

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Before the Nationals traded for Adam Eaton, they made a run at Billy Hamilton but came away thinking the Reds aren't motivated to trade him

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers GM Farhan Zaidi said he's confident the Dodgers will be able to hit on their offseason targets. So with one more day remaining at the winter meetings, could the club do something soon? "There's no trade or free agent deal that is available to us that we would say that we would do right now," said Zaidi, who believes there is plenty of time remaining this offseason to get a desired deal done.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Theo Epstein on Jorge Soler: "Its more likely he reaches his ceiling now than 24 hours ago because he has a chance to play every day."

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

Lucas Giolito rejoins my top 100 starting pitchers following the trade, checking in 93rd. It's a bad park for a pitcher, but his odds of breaking camp in the rotation improved, and he'll have a pitching coach (Don Cooper) who can help him adjust.

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

Fantasy-wise, Adam Eaton's value doesn't change all that much with the trade: He's now my OF31, up from OF35. The real gain here is Trea Turner's odds at OF/2B/SS eligibility early in 2017 have never been greater.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Joe Maddon discuss the acquisition of Wade Davis by the Cubs.


Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

The Nats finally joined the winter meetings party by acquiring Adam Eaton, but the cover charge sure was steep: Two first-round pitchers (Lucas Giolito and Dane Dunning), and a top 50 prospect who throws high 90's cheese (Reynaldo Lopez). Guess they really wanted to move Trea Turner back to shortstop.