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Happy Friday, baseball fans! Now that the Winter Meetings have come and gone, it’s time to take inventory of the carnage...er, trades...nah, we were right the first time.
Here’s a roundup of what’s going down in the National League East.
Still a little confused on everything that went down in National Harbor? Afraid you let some deals slip through the cracks? Well, we like our readers, and we want your lives to be easier, so we made a recap of all everything that happened during the meetings. You’re so very welcome.
The Cardinals have agreed to a deal with Cubs outfielder Dexter Fowler.
“The Cardinals have agreed to a deal with outfielder Dexter Fowler, as first reported as close by USA Today’s Bob Nightengale. KSDK’s Frank Cusumano reports that Fowler will be in St. Louis for a physical on Friday, at which point the deal will be finalized.
Terms of the pending deal are not yet known, though the Cardinals have been a likely suitor for Fowler for most of the offseason. The 30-year old reportedly was looking for a 4- or 5-year deal on the open market after settling for a single-year pact with the Cubs last winter, and could receive a guarantee in the $80-90 million range.”
The Cubs and Jake Arrieta have some major chit chatting to do come January.
“The Cubs and ace starter Jake Arrieta plan to discuss a contract extension in January, reports Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago. Next month the Cubs and Arrieta will be entering into arbitration talks.
Earlier this year, Arrieta was looking to squeeze a seven-year deal out of Chicago. The Cubs weren’t going over five, reported Bob Nightengale, thus resulting in a standoff. Arrieta will be eligible for free agency at the end of next season. The most recent arbitration projections have him set to make $16.8 million.”
The Braves and Rangers swung a three player deal while no one was looking.
“The Braves and Rangers have swung a trade that will send righty Luke Jackson to Atlanta for righty Tyrell Jenkins and lefty Brady Feigl, a source confirms to SB Nation. FanRag Sports’ Tommy Stokke and Keith Law of ESPN were on it first.”
Aroldis Chapman is a controversial figure and his signing of such a big contract has made many baseball fans upset, myself included. And truth be told, you should be upset. No one should be immune from justice or not held accountable for their actions because they wear a professional sports uniform and can hurl a ball at top speeds. But sitting around and being angry gets nothing solved, action does.
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Today in baseball: On December 9th, 1992, free agent Greg Maddux signed the richest guaranteed contract ever given to a pitcher, a five-year, $28 million contract with the Braves. Remember when time were simple?