Blue Jays offer Chapman $23 million

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Because I don’t think I’ve mentioned Aroldis Champan since at least breakfast I may as well provide the latest:  The Jays are on top at the moment, having offered him $23 million, according to Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com.

The Angels are still reportedly in it, and many who follow the Angels keep bringing up the presence of fellow Cuban Kendry Morales on the roster as a selling point.  I was going along with that a bit too, until I remembered the refrain from Jorge Arangure of ESPN:  “the phrase ‘took less money’ and ‘Aroldis Chapman’ are not going to be used in the same story.” And he says it like he knows it on inside information or something.

Arangure thinks the Red Sox or Yankees will end up winning the derby.  But no matter which team it is, it sounds like they’ll have to beat $23 million.

World Series Umpires Announced

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Major League Baseball just announced the umpires for the World Series.

The crew chief will be Gerry Davis. Davis was worked 136 career Postseason games, which are the most of any umpire in Major League Baseball history. This is his sixth World Series overall and third time as crew chief.

Joining Davis will be Phil Cuzzi, Laz Diaz, Dan Iassogna, Bill Miller, Paul Nauert and Mark Wegner. Wegner will serve as the replay official for Games One and Two, after which he will join the on-field crew as the left field umpire for Game Three. Cuzzi will be the Replay Official from Game Three through the conclusion of the World Series. Cuzzi will not be a field umpire for any of the games.

The breakdown: