How much awfulness in one human being can you ignore in order to justify paying him a ton of money? That is a question the New York Yankees have apparently internally answered before trading four prospects to the Cincinnati Reds for Aroldis Chapman.
Brantley's health, fast start key to Tribe's 2016 | MLB
Jordan Bastian lays out the five key questions for the Indians in 2016, including Michael Brantley's health and whether or not Lonnie Chisenhall is really as good as he was towards the end of 2015.
Around the Farm: December 27, 2015 - Almonte comes up big in DWL playoff opener | Scout
This was a couple days ago, but Abraham Almonte is doing work in the Dominican Winter League playoffs.
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Reds deal closer Aroldis Chapman to Yankees for 4 minor leaguers | ESPN
The New York Yankees needed bullpen help and they went all-in on it. Acquiring Aroldis Chapman from the Cincinnati Reds means they have three dynamite relievers in the back of their bullpen: Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller, and now Chapman. The trade comes with risks, however, as Chapman could be suspended for a domestic violence dispute that occurred last October.
An End-of-the-Year MLB Legal Update | FanGraphs
What is going on in courtrooms is normally not in the forefront of baseball fans' minds, but this is a great rundown of where the current cases stand as of December 28.
Cuban pitcher Yaisel Sierra is now officially a free agent | Yahoo! Sports
The latest Cuba defector, Yasiel Sierra, is free to be signed by a Major League team. He also will not count against a team's international pool because of his age. Cannot imagine the Indians going after the 24-year-old pitcher, but several other teams are rumored to be interested.
Daniel Murphy's offseason strategy may have cost him money | Beyond the Box Score
Daniel Murphy made a lot of money this offseason. He could have made even more if he handled it better.