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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.

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.

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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.