CUBS CLOSER CHAPMAN WANTS HUGE, SIX-YEAR DEAL
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.
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.