Chase Headley expected to sign by end of Winter Meetings

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From Joel Sherman of the New York Post comes word that free agent third baseman Chase Headley is planning to agree to a contract with a team by the end of this week’s Winter Meetings in San Diego.

Headley, like many other top free agents, is probably waiting for Jon Lester to sign. That deal should set off a wave of activity, and Headley happens to be drawing interest from two of the teams (Giants and Yankees) that have been tied recently to Lester.

Headley batted just .243/.328/.372 with 13 homers and 49 RBI in 135 games this past summer between the Padres and Yankees, but he is only 30 years old and was an MVP candidate in the National League just a couple of seasons ago.

There was a report last week that Headley has a four-year, $65 million offer on the table.

White Sox acquire reliever Franklin German in trade with Red Sox

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CHICAGO — The Chicago White Sox acquired reliever Franklin German in a trade with the Boston Red Sox.

The White Sox sent minor league right-hander Theo Denlinger to Boston for German, who made his major league debut in September. Right-hander Jason Bilous was designated for assignment to make room for German on Chicago’s 40-man roster.

The 25-year-old German played for Double-A Portland and Triple-A Worcester for most of last season, going 5-2 with a 2.72 ERA and seven saves in in 43 relief appearances. The right-hander had no record and an 18.00 ERA in five appearances with the Red Sox.

German, a fourth-round pick in the 2018 amateur draft, was designated for assignment when Boston acquired reliever Richard Bleier in a trade with Miami.

The 26-year-old Denlinger had a 2-2 record and a 4.47 ERA in 40 appearances last season with Class A Winston-Salem and Double-A Birmingham. He was a seventh-round selection in the 2021 draft out of Bradley University.