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Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

This is speculation at this point, but makes sense as TEX looks for CF help: The Royals have told other teams they'll listen on Lorenzo Cain

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Aroldis Chapman to me on whether the Cubs have reached out: "The Cubs have never expressed any interest in resigning me, as far as I know."

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

As mentioned here last week, Rangers have interest in Andrew McCutchen. One of the options they're considering for CF.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

I just spoke to Aroldis Chapman about his contract negotiations; told me he has not evaluated any offers yet and will do so this week. Chapman: "The only thing I have expressed is that I would like a six-year contract. I know that doesn't mean that I will get it, but that's what I would like to sign. There are rumors out there that I requested $100 million and that's not true at all. I believe he who deserves something, does not need to demand it."

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Lefty reliever J.P. Howell is looking for a one-year deal, teams say. Giants are among teams that have asked about him.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

One agent who has a fairly prominent reliever on the market says the Mets are "bottom feeding" with respect to bullpen help -- meaning looking for low-cost arms on one-year deals. That's fairly consistent with what Sandy Alderson said on Sunday night.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Add Rich Hill to the ever growing list of "Guys the Yankees aren't getting." Hill goes to the Dodgers, leaving the free agent starting pitching market very barren. Jason Hammel or Doug Fister could be possibilities.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

The Astros are much more likely to trade for starting pitching then to pursue FAs. Not in on Ivan Nova bidding; probably too expensive.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers use the first official day of the winter meetings to announce their deal with free-agent pitcher Rich Hill is official. It is a three-year deal, with no financial terms announced.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

The Yankees have made it clear that they are interested in Aroldis Chapman, but at what level will they be willing to dive in. With Mark Melancon off the board to the Giants, the Yankees have less options if they don't sign Chapman. Even with that said, it still seems unlikely the Yankees would extend to five years at big money for Chapman. At four years, they could be in the ballpark, but it is not a certainty they would win a bidding war.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

For now, it appears two clubs, maybe more, are all-in in star closer market--Yankees and Marlins--with Chapman and Jansen still on the board

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Sources: The Giants and Mark Melancon have agreed to a deal, pending a physical; Melancon is going through his physical.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Bud Selig is now likely to go into the Hall of Fame before baseball's all-time home run king, Barry Bonds. Asked if Bonds belongs in the Hall of Fame, Selig said: "That's up to (the writers). Listen, I have never commented on him or anybody else."

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Asked Monday about his role in the PED era, Bud Selig replied: "I've talked a lot about the steroid situation. . . . As commissioner, my role was to solve that problem. And we did. In fact, we solved it better than I think any of us had any right to believe – to think that we would come out of it with the toughest testing program in American sports, and maybe in America."

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Perception of rival evaluators: SF appears most aggressive team in pursuit of Mark Melancon, who grew up in COL, played at U of Arizona.

Matt Marrone ESPN.com 

Hall of Fame-bound former MLB comissioner Bud Selig said he was "very proud" of his successor, Rob Manfred, for his work in reaching a CBA deal last week."Who could have believed," said Selig, "given all the stuff that went on for 25 years, to have [21] years of labor peace."

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