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Aroldis Chapman will be the closer for the Yankees.
With this news, the bullpen hierarchy for New York's vaunted trio would seem to be Betances, then Miller, followed by Chapman. Betances and Miller could be flip-flopped, depending on the handedness of the hitters coming up in a specific inning, but Miller is likely a step above Betances in the chain of relievers.
The Diamondbacks have inked left-hander Wesley Wright to a minor-league deal.
Thad Levine, assistant general manager for the Texas Rangers, said that they admire Justin Upton.
Our own Mike Bates is disappointed with commissioner Rob Manfred, because of his handling of issues, including the Cardinals hacking scandal.
It's why, still, I am waiting for Rob Manfred and Major League Baseball to show some spine and take the St. Louis franchise to task for what happened. Just like I'm still waiting on Manfred and MLB to announce punishments for Jose Reyes and Aroldis Chapman for their alleged involvement in domestic violence incidents this offseason.
In this case, fines don't do enough to convey the severity of what Correa did as a representative of the Cardinals. He accessed information related to the amateur draft, so it would be a measure of poetic justice for Manfred to strip St. Louis of some of their high draft choices, and (if possible) prevent them from benefitting from free agent compensation or participating in the competitive balance pool of picks between the first and second rounds. The Cardinals may have enjoyed a competitive advantage, and the only fair remedy is to put them at a disadvantage for a couple years going forward.
The Detroit Tigers are considering Yoenis Cespedes, Justin Upton and Chris Davis, potentially making a splash in the free agent market.
After originally looking to trade him, the Marlins may in fact hold on to outfielder Marcell Ozuna.
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Today in Baseball History: In 1988, former Pirates slugger Willie Stargell is the only player elected to the Hall of Fame by the BBWAA, becoming the 17th player to be elected in his first year of eligibility.