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1hJesse Rogers

Wade Davis worth price tag of Jorge Soler for Cubs

Yes, there are risks in trading for a closer entering the final year of his contract. But by dealing from strength, Chicago boosted its repeat chances.

Cubs targeting Davis as Chapman replacement (1:13)
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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23hBradford Doolittle

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)
What would the Pirates need in return to trade McCutchen? (1:22)
Collins wants Tebow to visit Mets camp in spring (0:35)
Harper set for record deal from someone (0:45)
Manfred says Selig getting 'recognition he deserves' (0:18)


Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Dave Dombrowski on whether Chris Sale's jersey-cutting incident in July ever gave Red Sox pause: "I think you do your checking when you read that and see what causes some things. But after I've checked things out, not really, no." Dombrowski said he's "heard a lot of pleasant things" about Sale off the field.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Scott Boras on possible extension for Xander Bogaerts: "He's going to be (in Boston) for the next three years. We know that. I think he's always said he's on a winning team, he's playing in a great city. I'm sure Xander is very happy in Boston." Boras called Bogaerts a "statured, unique player at his age." In other words, if Red Sox want to lock up Bogaerts, they probably need to come with nine-figure deal.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Mets' 40-man roster is full, and Sandy Alderson acknowledged the Mets have no intention of selecting a player in Thursday's Rule 5 draft -- at least in the major league phase. The Mets were reviewing potential selections for the Triple-A phase, which doesn't require the player being at the MLB level.

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

The stark contrast between Adam Eaton's defensive metrics in center and right field has always amazed me. In 1653 2/3 innings in center field the past two years, he had minus-16 Defensive Runs Saved. In 980 1/3 innings in right field, he had PLUS-22 DRS. It's therefore tough for me to sing his praises with a move back to center.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Sandy Alderson all but acknowledged the Mets' payroll would go DOWN from where it is now, which he estimated at about $150 million. That's because the outfielder the Mets subtract, making $13 million to $15 million, probably won't be fully reinvested in the bullpen. Alderson said the primary motivation, though, is not decreasing the payroll. It's more about having an outfield that has pieces that fit better playing-time-wise. The Mets, right now, are heavy in corner outfielders at the expense of center fielders.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Among past players chosen with the No. 11 overall pick, which COL gave up today in signing Desmond: Scherzer; McCutchen; Russell; Springer.

Fran Fraschilla @franfraschilla

HUGE opportunity for 4 sophomore starters at Nebraska tonight in Lincoln as Creighton comes to town. Blue Jays have won 14 of 17. At KU Sat.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Sandy Alderson's Wednesday update on state of Mets trades:


Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Dave Dombrowski says Red Sox took calls today on all starting pitchers beyond the three aces, but no urgency to make a trade. Dombrowski says he's OK with four lefties in rotation. "They're four good lefties."

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon spoke with Hector Rondon, admitting to him possible early season use or overuse may have led to his injury. Said having Davis from Day 1 will take the burden off Rondon but assured him there will times he will be closing.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox will trade a starting pitcher, but it could take a while. The longer they hold off, the more likely a pitching-strapped team might be to give up something of value, either in prospects or big-league talent.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Dusty Baker on how he keeps tabs on his players' off-sesaon conditioning. "Tap 'em on the stomach and tap 'em on the butt...they think I'm saying hello, but I'm really checking for fat content."

Jim Witalka ESPN Producer 

No one can clog a stairway with media quite like Scott Boras

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

The Mariners have been telling teams they're shopping for "reliable innings" in their hunt for another starter. The only two remaining free-agent starters who worked 162 IP & had an ERA under 4.50: Jason Hammel (3.83 in 166.2 IP) and Ivan Noval (4.17 in 162 IP).

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Scott Boras, doing his annual State of the Boras, said that he and the Nationals haven't had any contract extension talks regarding Bryce Harper.