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Chapman, Yankees reach deal for $86M, 5 years

“Hey, you’re in free agency, and he’s going to try to get everything he can”, Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman told NY media Monday on reports Chapman wanted a six-year deal. The official spoke to USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the negotiations. They traded for Chapman during last year’s Winter Meetings, before trading him to the Chicago Cubs during the season. He then helped Chicago win the World Series.Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported the Bronx Bombers inked him to a five-year deal worth $86 million on Wednesday. Washington General Manager Mike Rizzo didn’t blink at swapping the trio.”He’s here not because I can’t move him; he’s here because I’m not comfortable moving him, or haven’t been satisfied in my asks that would make me move him”, says Cashman. “It gets worse going forward in years to come because of the collection of talent we’ve got, but that’s the price you deal with when you have a system like we’ve got”. “We could play on a lot of things because we have a lot of prospects people desire and we desire them, too”.Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said earlier this week, “If you do what you rationally want to do, you will finish third on every free agent”.Following the trades, a young core is forming that includes 24-year-old catcher Gary Sanchez, who hit 20 home runs in the final two months of last season; first baseman Greg Bird, who hit 11 homers in late 2015 but missed 2016 following shoulder surgery; hard-hitting (but strikeout prone) right fielder Aaron Judge and first baseman Tyler Austin. He topped the majors with 18 outfield assists. “After that, it’s unlikely for us to make any changes on the position player side unless we traded Gardy, because we’re going with the kids”.Praised Nationals Manager Dusty Baker: “He’s not afraid to get dirty and grimy, greasy, nasty – do everything there is to beat you”. He appeared in 59 games and posted 36 saves with a 1.55 ERA and 0.86 WHIP, blowing just three save chances on the season.”J.D. was very clear from the onset about them wanting Carlos back, and we’ve had communication since the season’s end to pursue that”, Boras said.In other deals, San Francisco agreed to trade pitcher Chris Heston to the Seattle Mariners for a player to be named, a person with knowledge of the talks told the AP.”Many of the objectives of the Rangers for Carlos go beyond one year”, his agent, Scott Boras, said Wednesday.Gomez batted just.210 with five homers in 85 games this year for Houston and was released by the Astros in August.

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