CUBS CLOSER CHAP­MAN WANTS HUGE, SIX-YEAR DEAL

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Aroldis Chap­man wants a six-year deal and said the Cubs haven’t shown in­ter­est in bring­ing him back.

Chap­man said the only thing he has asked for in ne­go­ti­a­tions is the term of his next deal.

“The only thing I have ex­pressed that I would like is a six-year con­tract,” the left-han­der said. “I know that doesn’t mean that I will get it, but that’s what I would like to sign. There are ru­mors out there that I re­quested $100 mil­lion, and that’s not true at all. I be­lieve that if you de­serve some­thing, you don’t ask for it.”

Chap­man has not had di­rect com­mu­ni­ca­tions with teams yet.

Red Sox act on Far­rell

B oxon hill, md.» The Red Sox ex­er­cised the 2018 op­tion on man­ager John Far­rell’s con­tract.

Far­rell won the World Se­ries in his first sea­son with the Red Sox in 2013 and led them back to the play­offs last sea­son. He’s 339-309 in four sea­sons in Bos­ton.

Foot­notes.

The Blue Jays signed util­ity player Steve Pearce to a two-year con­tract worth $12.5 mil­lion. … Car­los Bel­tran and the Astros fi­nal­ized a $16 mil­lion, one-year con­tract. … The Dodgers signed free-agent pitcher Rich Hill to a three­year con­tract af­ter he went 3-2 with a 1.83 ERA in six starts with the team he joined at the trade dead­line. … Re­liever Joaquin Benoit and the Phillies agreed to a $7.5 mil­lion, one-year con­tract. … The Cubs said the av­er­age sea­son ticket price at Wrigley Field will climb 19.5 per­cent next sea­son. … The Mets said four-time all-star short­stop Jose Reyes could be tried in the out­field dur­ing spring train­ing next year.

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