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Addition of Aroldis Chapman makes Cubs the team to beat in National League

With Aroldis Chapman, the Cubs have the NL's best bullpen. It doesn't make them World Series locks, but they are now clear favorites to get to there.

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Vote: Cubs Confidence Meter

Fan confidence in the Cubs was up last week. With Aroldis Chapman now in the Wrigley Field bullpen, will it go through the roof? Vote now!

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Boston's buying, and it's far from finished

Boston already landed starter Drew Pomeranz. But with the deadline looming, the Red Sox still need pitching -- and they're determined to get it.

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Forecast for Houston call-up Alex Bregman

Tommy Rancel breaks down the skills and opportunities for highly touted prospect Alex Bregman upon his promotion to the Astros.

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MLB Trade Deadline 2016

As the Aug. 1 MLB trade deadline approaches, stay up to date on all the latest moves, rumors and expert analysis.

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What to expect from David Dahl

The Rockies have called up David Dahl to help bolster their outfield and add some offensive production to the lineup. Tommy Rancel considers his skills and future in the big leagues.

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Caple: The 10 worst MLB uniforms ever

How bad were the throwback uniforms that Chris Sale carved up? Bad enough that the original articles have an honored place among MLB's all-time worst.

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Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Here is what Red Sox GM Dave Dombrowski had to say when asked if there were bad feelings over how things ended in DET: "Well... I had a good run there. We had a great 14 years together. And I think that should probably be the best way to look at it. "

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

In other Yankee news, Alex Rodriguez is not starting against lefty Dallas Keuchel. A-Rod doesn't start against most righties. He is not starting against a lefty today. He doesn't play defense. But GM Brian Cashman said the team has no thoughts of releasing him. Cashman did give A-Rod a gold star for his effort and attitude.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Yankees GM Brian Cashman said Luis Severino is a long reliever for the time being. That time may be short because when Adam Warren arrives, Severino could be gone.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

With one week until the trade deadline, Dave Dombrowski's public stance is that Red Sox are doing a lot of listening -- they're "open-minded," he said -- but don't feel like they need to make any trades.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Yankees GM Brian Cashman just spoke to the media. Here is the money quote on the Aroldis Chapman trade. "This isn't a white flag," Cashman said. "It is a rearrangement." Cashman would neither define the Yankees as sellers or buyers. He said he will present all trades he thinks makes sense to ownership and see if Hal Steinbrenner approves.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Aroldis Chapman is in the Yankees clubhouse at Houston's Minute Maid Park, giving handshakes and hugs to his ex-teammates. He arrived in a golf cart through the hallways with none another than Alex Rodriguez. When Chapman first entered the clubhouse, Andy Pettitte, who is from nearby Deer Park, told Chapman he regretted that Chapman had been traded and wished him luck.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Mookie Betts had fluid drained from his knee two days ago, leading to diminished swelling and less discomfort when he tested it by running earlier today. But manager John Farrell said the Red Sox "don't fully expect [the fluid] to vanish," a sign that Betts might need a few days off during a brutal August in which team makes two 11-game road trips and has one off-day.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Believe it or not, it's conceivable Craig Kimbrel could rejoin the Red Sox by next week. He will throw off a mound again Wednesday, could go on a minor-league rehab assignment as soon as Saturday, and might not need more than one outing before he's ready, according to manager John Farrell. Kimbrel had minor knee surgery only two weeks ago.

Mark Simon ESPN Staff 

Mets second baseman Neil Walker will sit for the second straight game as the Mets will go with Kelly Johnson at second base for their opener with the Cardinals on Monday night. Manager Terry Collins told Walker he would give him two days off when the team was in Miami. Walker is 4-for-45 in his last 13 games. "I just need to be more consistent in my approach," Walker said before batting practice on Monday.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

An example of deals the Royals are mulling: A team that asked about Wade Davis said it was told the Chapman package "wouldn't get it done"

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cardinals had a rough trip to New York after Sunday Night Baseball. Their charter had mechanical issues so they had to call in another plane. Because of thunderstorms in St. Louis, the second plane couldn't land for quite a while to pick them up. Eventually, they boarded at around 3:15 a.m., endured wild turbulence and got to New York at 6:45 a.m. They got caught in rush-hour New York traffic, reaching their hotel after 8 a.m. Oh, and those thunderstorms are expected to reach Citi Field at about 6 p.m. ET tonight. So, there's that.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Teams talking with the Royals say they're "wide open to listening" on Edinson Volquez, Wade Davis, Kendrys Morales, etc. but want MLB-ready players back, not kids

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox lineup for Monday Night Baseball vs. Tigers.

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.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Left-hander Sean Gilmartin has been placed on the disabled list with Triple-A Las Vegas with shoulder soreness. Gilmartin is 9-5 with a 4.63 ERA in 16 appearances (15 starts) for the Pacific Coast League club this season.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Yankees y Cubs hacen el canje oficial.