With the first day of the Winter Meetings behind us, a lot has emerged from the hotel conference room floor. One of those pieces of intel is that Aroldis Chapman is after a six-year deal.
However, while he’s specified an ideal amount of time, the lefty closer has yet to release a monetary amount that he’s asking for, and would like to clear up any rumors stating that he’s after $100M. “There are rumors out there that I requested $100 million and that's not true at all,” Chapman told ESPN’s Marley Rivera. “I believe he who deserves something, does not need to demand it."
There are three teams still in the Chapman arena: the Yankees, the Nationals, and the Marlins. Those who aren’t drinking the 103 MPH Kool Aid? The Chicago Cubs have expressed no interest in resigning the closer than he’d them to their first World Series in 108 years, a cold shoulder leaving some fans disappointed.
Here’s what else is happening in the National League West:
The Nationals, who had pursued Andrew McCutchen fiercely, have now redirected their wallets to acquiring Chris Sale.
While the Reds aren’t causing a big stir in the major league trade market, they’re working pretty tirelessly to build up their farm system.
Check out these Wrigley Field construction updates, courtesy of Bleed Cubbie Blue.
The Milwaukee Brewers have signed Kirk Nieuwenhuis to a one-year contract.
OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis has signed a 1-year contract, avoiding arbitration.— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) December 2, 2016
The Cardinals have shown interest in Kansas City Royals outfielder, Jarrod Dyson.