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Dec 7 (The Sports Xchange) – The Chicago Cubs acquired right-hander Wade Davis from the Kansas City Royals for outfielder Jorge Soler on Wednesday.

Davis is expected to be the closer for the reigning World Series champion Cubs, filling the potential void of free agent Aroldis Chapman. The left-handed fireballer Chapman served as Chicago’s closer since a July trade.

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The New York Yankees are looking at a familiar face in their bid to secure an elite closer from the free agent trade market.

General manager Brian Cashman confirmed that the club has tendered contract offers to former Yankees fireballer Aroldis Chapman as well as fellow closer Kenley Jansen of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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The Yankees added some pop to their lineup by officially signing free agent outfielder Matt Holliday to a one-year deal Wednesday.

Financial terms of the deal were not announced by the team, but multiple media outlets reported previously the contract is worth $13 million. The seven-time All-Star is expected to serve as the Yankees’ designated hitter and also fill in at first base.

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One day after trading pitcher Chris Sale to the Boston Red Sox for strong youngsters, the White Sox dealt big league outfielder Adam Eaton, 28, to the Washington Nationals for young pitchers Lucas Giolito, 22, Reynaldo Lopez, 22, and Dane Dunning, 21.

Giolito entered 2016 as the top pitching prospect in the minor leagues. He made his big league debut last season with mixed success. Giolito was 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA with the Nationals in six starts.

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The Miami Marlins made another step toward addressing their starting pitching, with left-hander Jeff Locke agreeing to a one-year contract worth $3,025,000, according to multiple reports.

The deal comes less than two weeks after the Marlins signed another free agent starter in Edinson Volquez. Locke became a free agent after Pittsburgh failed to offer him a contract by last Thursday’s deadline. Miami is in need of starting pitching on the heels of the tragic death of ace Jose Fernandez.

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The Colorado Rockies agreed to a five-year, $70 million deal with free agent outfielder/infielder Ian Desmond, according to multiple reports Wednesday.

The versatile Desmond primarily played center field for the Texas Rangers in 2016 after playing exclusively at shortstop for the Washington Nationals for seven seasons. (Editing by Frank Pingue)

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