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3hDavid Schoenfield

Who will land where in crowded first base/DH market?

Power is up in baseball, and there are plenty of 1B and DH available. We examine each team's situation and find fits for the top remaining sluggers.

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What would it take for White Sox to trade Jose Quintana? (1:47)
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How did Chapman reunite with the Yankees? (1:15)
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4hJayson Stark

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.

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Law: 'I do love the return for the White Sox' in Eaton deal (1:02)
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Wade Davis is a closer with an 'October pedigree' (0:49)
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Sale makes Red Sox AL's best (3:00)
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Was Cashman just playing politics by naming Red Sox 'Warriors of MLB'? (1:11)
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2dBradford 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.

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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

On what attracted him to the Red Sox, Mitch Moreland said, "I felt like I could fit in and try to help make that goal happen of winning a championship. That's the main goal for me. I feel like we've got a great opportunity here -- and that was before the (Chris) Sale news broke, too. That just shows you that we're in it and trying to go all out to make that happen."

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Mitch Moreland's explanation for solid career numbers at Fenway (14-for-41, 4 HR, 8 RBI): "Staying up the middle, going the other way (to left field) is one of my strengths when I'm going well, and you've got a little help out there (with the Green Monster). I've always felt comfortable here. Being able to feed off the atmosphere, it reinforces the love of the game when you're out there on the field."

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

John Farrell says he plans to use Mitch Moreland at first base (with Hanley Ramirez at DH) against right-handed pitchers and is "open to his at-bats growing in number against left-handers." Although his career numbers are better against righties, Moreland had reverse splits last season (.277/.320/.479 in 94 ABs vs. LHPs, .221/.293/.407 in 366 ABs vs. RHPs).

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox announce signing of 1B Mitch Moreland to a one-year contract. To make room on 40-man roster, LHP Williams Jerez has been designated for assignment.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

One aspect of much-criticized Nationals' trade that seems lost in the conversation: Adam Eaton is a pretty good player.

Eric Karabell

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

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Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Joe Torre, MLB Chief Baseball Officer? on ESPN's news editor Claire Smith making history by becoming the first female recipient of the prestigious J.G. Taylor Spink Award – the top honor for a baseball journalist. "I've known Claire Smith for a long time and I could not be happier for her. Winning the Baseball Hall of Fame's J. G. Taylor Spink Award is the pinnacle for a baseball writer. Claire is a true professional and has blazed a trail for female journalists who will follow her."

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.