Farrell takes a stab at Red Sox potential No. 3 hitter

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Farrell takes a stab at Red Sox potential No. 3 hitter

FORT MYERS, Fla. Mike Napoli and David Ortiz, who is still recovering from a right Achilles strain, are cleared to hit. But both are restricted in their on-field activity.

But as we get through the end of this month that repetition will certainly become more, manager John Farrell said.

Asked who his No. 3 hitter would be, Farrell replied:

Right now, just if I was to sketch something out, it would be David Ortiz against right-handers and it might be Dustin Pedroia against left-handers. That way it puts Shane Victorino in the two-hole against some left-handed pitching to take advantage of his splits. The guy that obviously has got a lot of production against lefties is Jonny Gomes, as well. Theres some thought and variations to it but thats initially one of them.

Victorino arrived at Red Sox camp on Thursday, but his time with the team there will be cut short. He will participate in the World Baseball Classic, which will force him to leave early.

Farrell said Victorino has been assured of getting an adequate number of at-bats in the WBC to prepare for the regular season.

Report: Aroldis Chapman, Yankees reach deal for $86M, 5 years

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Report: Aroldis Chapman, Yankees reach deal for $86M, 5 years

OXON HILL, Md. - 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.

Once it's done, the 28-year-old lefty whose fastballs routinely top 100 mph would shatter the previous richest contract for a reliever - that was the $62 million, four-year deal Mark Melancon signed with San Francisco just a couple days ago during the winter meetings.

Chapman was acquired by New York from the Cincinnati Reds last offseason, then missed the first 29 games of the season due to a domestic violence suspension from Major League Baseball. The Cuban was traded to the Chicago Cubs in late July and helped them win the World Series, becoming a free agent when it was over.

Chapman went 4-1 with 36 saves and a 1.55 ERA in a combined 59 games for the Yankees and Cubs. He struggled some in the postseason as the Cubs beat Cleveland for their first championship since 1908.

With the Yankees this season, Chapman teamed with Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances in one of the most dominant bullpens in baseball history. Miller was later traded to Cleveland, but Betances is still with New York.

Earlier this week, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said the team was interested in both Chapman and fellow free agent closer Kenley Jansen. The Yankees had already made one deal at these meetings, signing slugger Matt Holliday, before paying a lot more to bring Chapman back to the Bronx.

Fox Sports first reported the agreement.

CSN CHICAGO: Yoan Moncada 'thrilled' to reunite with Jose Abreu on White Sox

CSN CHICAGO: Yoan Moncada 'thrilled' to reunite with Jose Abreu on White Sox

Yoan Moncada and Jose Abreu are back together.

The two Cuban natives were teammates in 2012 when they played for Cienfuegos in Cuba, and now they'll be in the same dugout once again — this time in Chicago.

"To get the opportunity to play with him right now in the United States, it's an honor for me," Moncada said through a translator on a conference call Wednesday. "I'm thrilled with that."

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