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Inside Bryce Harper's 'Wow...' heard 'round the world

After the Nationals sold the farm for outfielder Adam Eaton, Washington's biggest star made a cryptic tweet. What did it mean?

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Red Sox's Sandoval ready for career restart

Pablo Sandoval says he got "complacent" after signing a five-year, $95 million contract with the Red Sox in November 2014 and pledged to "start my baseball career all over again."

How did Chapman reunite with the Yankees? (1:15)
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White Sox nailing the art of the sale

Why rebuild for the first time in 20 years? After trading Chris Sale and Adam Eaton, credit the White Sox for going where the franchise hasn't been in decades, and there's no white flag in sight.

Law: 'I do love the return for the White Sox' in Eaton deal (1:02)
Wade Davis is a closer with an 'October pedigree' (0:49)
Sale makes Red Sox AL's best (3:00)
Was Cashman just playing politics by naming Red Sox 'Warriors of MLB'? (1:11)
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In Cubs' shadow, White Sox start rebuild

The second team in The Second City, the White Sox showed they might finally stop settling for mediocrity, charting a course for success by turning Chris Sale into a much-needed prospect infusion.

After missing on Sale, where do Nationals go now? (0:38)
Should Tebow attend Mets spring training? (1:41)


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Following the deal bringing Aroldis Chapman back to the Yankees, Eric Karabell explains how the move impacts the fantasy value of Dellin Betances. How to value Betances after Chapman deal

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Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Marlins, Nationals & Dodgers awaiting word on Kenley Jansen. Possible he decides today but not certain. Nationals have jumped in over last 24 hours.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Yankees GM Brian Cashman has been pessimistic about adding another starter. It seems possible he could add another bullpen piece.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Dave Dombrowski didn't exactly call the Yankees "the Golden State Warriors" after the Aroldis Chapman signing, but the Red Sox honcho did say this: "I wish that somebody else would have made him a better offer so he would have gone somewhere else, for sure. No question."

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

If you're scoing at home, the Orioles signed zero free agents and made zero trades at the winter meetings. They did, however, make four selections in the Rule 5 draft. Meanwhile, their four AL East rivals combined for $130 million in free agent signings and THE blockbuster trade of the week.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Clay Buchholz's salary ($13.5M in '17) and Drew Pomeranz's flexibility to start/relieve makes Buchholz likelier trade candidate for Red Sox. Dave Dombrowski said he has a preference list for which pitcher he wants to trade, though he declined to share, of course.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Yankees GM Brian Cashman wants to improve the starting rotation but the trade market has been too unforgiving and the free agent list is thin.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs made a deal with the Brewers after the Rule 5 draft acquiring lefty Caleb Smith. Milwaukee selected Smith from the Yankees during the draft so Smith has to be on the Cubs 25 man roster for the entire season. He was a 14th round pick in 2013 and will make the jump from Double-A to the big leagues. He'll be the Cubs long man taking Mike Montgomery's role. He can also be a spot starter compiling a 3.41 ERA in 4 minor league seasons. If things don't work he can be sent back to NY but not to the minors.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

When asked to describe the predictability of relievers over five years, Cashman said they are "volatile," but the market said that Chapman needed five years.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Yankees GM Brian Cashman said that with the pending Aroldis Chapman deal, he is mostly tapped out of money for this winter.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Josh Rutledge figures to compete with fellow utility infielder Marco Hernandez for last spot on the Red Sox's bench. As a Rule 5 pick, Rutledge must stay on the big-league roster all season or be offered back to his previous team (Colorado).

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Yankees GM Brian Cashman on the market driving prices for closers in free agency.


Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Brian Cashman addresses the Yankees signing Aroldis Chapman to a five-year $86M contract; doesn't go into specifics since team has not made announcement official.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs took infielder Kevin Cornelius out of the Yankees organization during the minor league portion of the Rule 5 draft. Cornelius was a 31st round draft pick in 2013. He has a career .383 OBP in 4 minor league seasons.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Since Rich Hill signed, there has been a sense that the Dodgers would bring back Justin Turner OR Kenley Jansen, but not both. Jansen seems like the priority now since he is the last elite closer available on the market, but as his price skyrockets, the Dodgers could put their resources toward Turner instead. Not that Turner's offensive production and defense would be viewed as a consolation prize.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Mets lost no prospects in the major league phase of the Rule 5 draft. That means Eastern League batting champ Phillip Evans remains with the organization. The Mets' 40-man roster was full and they were unable to make any selections.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox have reacquired infielder Josh Rutledge from the Rockies in the Rule 5 draft. They lose pitcher Justin Haley (to Angels) and outfielder Aneury Tavarez (to Orioles). Rutledge helps restore some middle-infield depth.

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

With Dellin Betances headed back to a setup role, to give a sense what an elite, non-closer reliever is worth in fantasy, the past eight relievers with 100-plus strikeouts, a sub-2.50 ERA and single-digit saves finished as RPs 20, 40, 13 (Betances, 2014), 16, 40, 41, 18 (Betances, 2015) and 25 on the Player Rater. Though they're difficult to identify in advance, these are immensely undervalued assets in fantasy year after year.

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

Marlins have the best offer on the table for Kenley Jansen; the Nationals have asked his camp to come back to them before they do a deal and the Dodgers would like to have him back but not at Chapman range.