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Strikeouts are name of Chapman's game

By acquiring Aroldis Chapman, the Cubs add an arm that has averaged more strikeouts per nine innings than anyone else in the history of baseball to the back of their bullpen.

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What does the future hold for Chris Sale?

As he aims for his first Cy Young Award, is Sale peaking right now? The next few years should be among his finest, and he should remain productive into his mid-30's. ZiPS has his projected career WAR in line with a recent Hall of Famer's. #MLBRank: Forecasting the future

Chapman bringing heat to the Cubs (0:43)
Cubs aiming for World Series with Chapman (1:33)

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Declaración en inglés y español de Aroldis Chapman tras canje de los Yankees de Nueva York a los Cachorros de Chicago.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Yankees y Cubs hacen el canje oficial.

AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin

White Sox slip to No. 19 in ESPN rankings

Chicago drops one spot following another disappointing but eventful week. The week preceding the trade deadline happens to include this season's four-game home-and-home with the Cubs. Week 16 Power Rankings

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Eye-opening note from Sarah Langs, of ESPN Stats & Info: Aroldis Chapman hasn't allowed a run vs. the Cardinals in almost 5 years. That's 25 straight scoreless appearances, 46 K's.

Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

Pat Fitzgerald has raised some interesting points in regards to the Big Ten's 9-game conference schedule. He's concerned about the uneven number of home and away games for teams, and while he preferred 8 league games, he would rather play 10 than 9.

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Chris Sale's trade status is up in the air

Saturday's incident will certainly go into White Sox lore and uniform lore and spoiled athlete lore, but will it affect Sale's rumored trade status? Of course not. Will Chicago look to deal him, though? Five things we learned Sunday

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Aroldis Chapman just told me he's still in Houston; headed to Chicago this afternoon.

Josh Moyer ESPN Staff Writer 

Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald opens Big Ten media days by offering thoughts and prayers for the friends and families of Nebraska punter Sam Foltz and former Michigan State punter Mike Sadler, who died in a car crash over the weekend. "It's with a heavy heart and great sadness that I kick off here this morning," he said.

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Watch: Day 1 at Big Ten media days

Michigan's Jim Harbaugh and Penn State's James Franklin are among the coaches at Big Ten media days on Monday. Ohio State's Urban Meyer will take the podium on Tuesday. Live on ESPNU/WatchESPN

Chapman a game-changer for Cubs (2:08)
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Cabrera comes up clutch once more

Melky Cabrera hit a walk-off single in the White Sox's regularly scheduled game on Sunday. Cabrera has produced 13 game-ending hits since he made his MLB debut on July 7, 2005. The only other major league players with at least 13 walk-off hits over that span are Ryan Zimmerman (14) and Albert Pujols (13), the Elias Sports Bureau notes.

Recent events inspired Jordan to speak out (2:38)

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Source says the Cubs have been told that Hal Steinbrenner has signed off on trading Aroldis Chapman so no obstacles left to block 4-for-1 deal. Yankees would get SS Gleyber Torres, RHP Andrew Warren, OF Billy McKinney & a 4th player.