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Red Sox go all-in for 2017 with Chris Sale stunner

Dave Dombrowski has done it again. In a win-now swap that rocked the winter meetings, the Red Sox landed ace Chris Sale and put the AL on notice.

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1dJim Bowden

Behind the scenes at the winter meetings

Sleep will be hard to come by, but there will plenty of eating, talking, wheeling and dealing. Here's what an exec's life is like in the "big suites."

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3dJim Bowden

Breaking down all 30 MLB front offices

With the winter meetings around the corner, you need a different kind of scorecard for who's calling the shots and stocking their rosters.

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4dJim Bowden

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.


Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Hearing free agent Tyson Ross isn't going to sign with a team anytime soon. Cubs should be in the mix but plenty of others as well including San Diego.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Terry Collins on Chris Sale to the Red Sox and not the Nationals: "We dodged a bullet."

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Terry Collins was noncommittal on Zack Wheeler in the bullpen, but acknowledged it may make sense to start the season as a reliever in order to keep his innings in check before entering the rotation later in the year.


Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Terry Collins says David Wright will be in Port St. Lucie beginning in January. Wright is due to begin baseball activity shortly. Collins hopes Wright will play, maybe, four days in a row and then have a day off during the season.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Terry Collins says Travis d'Arnaud and Michael Conforto likely will get some exposure to first base during spring training. Collins already has spoken with Jose Reyes about exposure to center field in spring training.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

A full postseason share for Cubs players after winning the World Series is $368,871.59, the league announced on Tuesday. The Cubs issued 66 full shares, 8.7 partial shares and four cash awards. The players pool is formed using a formula based on gate receipts from the postseason. The players vote on who receives shares.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

A rival executive said he heard the St. Louis Cardinals' initial offer to Dexter Fowler is in the same range as the four years and $60 million that the Toronto Blue Jays reportedly made.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Chicago based agent Mark Pieper holds court with Japanese media regarding Munenori Kawasaki and pitcher Koji Uehara. Pieper will meet with the Cubs regarding a possible reunion with Kawasaki though the infielder is debating whether he wants to play in the states again. It's likely he will. Uehara is an outside fit for the Cubs as a body for the back end of the bullpen though at 42 years old he's hardly the answer at closer.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Since the beginning of 2013, Chris Sale has held lefty hitters to a .484 OPS, best among AL starters. Last year, the Orioles posted a .692 OPS against lefty pitchers, worst among AL teams. In other words, the O's can't be terribly pleased that Sale is now a card-carrying member of the AL East.

David Purdum ESPN Staff Writer 

The Boston Red Sox moved from 10-1 to 5-1 to win the World Series at the Westgate SuperBook, with the trade for starting pitcher Chris Sale from the Chicago White Sox. The Ref Sox are now the second favorites, behind only the Chicago Cubs, to win the World Series. The White Sox dropped from 50-1 to 100-1.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Teams asked the Mets about Robert Gsellman and were told by Sandy Alderson the club has no intention of trading him.

Ben Fawkes ESPN Staff Writer 

The Boston Red Sox went from 10-1 to 5-1 to win the 2017 World Series at Westgate after the Chris Sale deal.

Eric Karabell

Eric Karabell breaks down the Chris Sale trade, noting that how the White Sox handle Yoan Moncada will affect fantasy owners most. Sale changes Sox, but Moncada the one to watch

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