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Our own Mike Bates says nobody wins the Aroldis Chapman trade.
Meanwhile, the Reds got back close to bupkis for one of the most dynamic bullpen arms in the game. We've seen what value a great closer has in this market, and how a Chapman trade could have restocked their system. Instead, the Reds got a potential back end starter, a decent bullpen option, a constantly injured corner infielder with no glove and a utility man. While I understand the impulse to get Chapman as far away from Cincinnati as possible as quickly as possible, there is no way the Reds are getting close to fair value for the kind of production Chapman can provide. Even holding onto him and either making a deal at the trade deadline or taking the draft pick at the end of 2016 might have been preferable from a baseball perspective.
They say that you know a good deal has been struck when no one walks away happy. This must be the exception that proves the rule, because it's hard to feel good about any of this for anyone involved, and that includes Rob Manfred.
The Nationals have signed infielder Stephen Drew to a one-year-deal.
Denard Span's agent, Scott Boras expects the free agent outfielder to sign soon.
As of now, it's unclear as to what Span's market might be, but there would seemingly be more than a handful of teams that could use him. The Giants, White Sox, Orioles, Angels, Royals, Twins, Mets, Nationals, and Indians all have a need for an outfielder, and Span could represent a more attractive option than Yoenis Cespedes, Alex Gordon, or Justin Upton.
Yoenis Cespedes' market is quiet at this stage of the winter, but the White Sox and Orioles have emerged as potential landing spots for the slugging outfielder.
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