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Future uncertain for Reds, Chapman
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On the day after allegations of domestic violence surfaced regarding Reds closer Aroldis Chapman, the ramifications of the report remained unclear.

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Chapman gun incident being investigated
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Cincinnati Reds All-Star closer Aroldis Chapman is the subject of a domestic violence investigation after an incident in which he allegedly had a physical altercation with his girlfriend and fired eight gunshots into the garage of his Miami-area home, according to a Yahoo! Sports story.

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Bucs acquire Whitehead in Morton trade
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Three days after filling out their rotation by trading for Jon Niese, the Pirates opened up a spot by dealing right-hander Charlie Morton to the Phillies.

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Pittsburgh native Walker proud of Bucs' days
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Neil Walker knew the day was coming. At some point, he had come to accept, he would no longer be a Pirate. Would there be a trade, or would he simply walk away as a free agent next year? The day finally came Wednesday, when Walker — the Pittsburgh Kid who’d never spent a day […]

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Pirates sign righty reliever Nicasio
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The Pirates added another intriguing power arm to their bullpen on Thursday, signing right-hander Juan Nicasio to a one-year contract on the final day of the Winter Meetings.

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Niese is nice, but Bucs have holes to fill
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The Pirates traded Neil Walker, a pending free agent projected to make $10.7 million next season, to the Mets and picked up Jon Niese in return.

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Inbox: What will the Cubs do with Baez?
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Will Javier Baez play center field? Why is Jorge Soler on the trading block? Beat reporter Carrie Muskat answers these questions and more in the latest edition of the Cubs Inbox.

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Cubs solidifying winning new reality
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Becoming accustomed to the Chicago Cubs being at the head of the class will not be an automatic activity. I mean, anyone less than 107 years old has not had any practice with this situation. Yet we must all acknowledge that the Cubs emerged from the first half of December as a Major League success […]

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Lackey comes off the board after deal with Cubs
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Veteran right-hander John Lackey, who spent one and a half seasons in St. Louis, will be pitching for the rival Cubs in 2016 after agreeing to a two-year contract reportedly worth $32 million.

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Center stage: Precedent for Heyward's move to CF
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For all intents and purposes, Jason Heyward is a corner outfielder. Thing is, his new team, the Cubs, do not need a corner outfielder. They need a center fielder. And chances are, they’re going to ask Heyward to be that guy.

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Cards land Gyorko, deal Jay to Padres
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The Cardinals addressed their need for a utility infielder by acquiring Jedd Gyorko from the Padres on Tuesday for outfielder Jon Jay.

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Bartow named Fishel Award winner
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Brian Bartow, a member of the Cardinals’ communications department since 1987, has been named the recipient of the 2015 Robert O. Fishel Award for Public Relations Excellence. Bartow is the second member of the organization to win the award, which has been presented at the Winter Meetings annually since 1981.

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