Yankees sign Chapman for 5 years, $86M

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OXON HILL, Md. (AP) Aroldis Chapman found a spot in a most familiar bullpen - a very rich spot, too.

The hard-throwing closer reached agreement to return to the New York Yankees on Wednesday night with the highest-priced contract ever for a relief pitcher, an $86 million deal for five years.

A person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press that the contract was pending a physical. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal was not yet complete.

Cubs get Royals closer Davis for Soler

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) Wade Davis already had closed out a World Series. And that was part of his appeal for the Chicago Cubs.

In a trade between the last two champions, the Cubs acquired the All-Star reliever from the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday for outfielder Jorge Soler. Davis immediately takes over the spot held by Aroldis Chapman, who became a free agent after the Cubs won their first title since 1908. (MORE)

Taggart leaving USF to be Oregon coach

Willie Taggart has become known for rebuilding programs at Western Kentucky and South Florida. His next endeavor will be much more high profile, trying to turn around the struggling Oregon Ducks.

Oregon announced Wednesday that it had hired Taggart to take over following a disappointing 4-8 season and the dismissal of coach Mark Helfrich. (MORE)

DE Pierre-Paul out for regular season

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The New York Giants won't be able to replace defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul in the final four games of the regular season. The 27-year-old just does too much for one guy to step in. He stops the run.

Pierre-Paul pressures the quarterback. He also has a unique ability to make plays in situations when he seemingly was out of position. (MORE)

Desmond, Rockies agree to $70M, 5 years

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) All-Star free agent outfielder Ian Desmond and the Colorado Rockies have agreed to a $70 million, five-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the agreement had not been announced. (MORE)

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