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Sources: Bundy signs 8 year deal, worth a reported $200 million

CLEVELAND - Multiple sources report that the Indians have agreed to terms with RHP Dylan Bundy. Bundy has agreed to an 8 year contract, worth $200 million. Bundy's AAV would be around $25 million, making him the highest paid player in MLB. The club has not confirmed.

Bundy only played in 8 games last year, and he didn't start a single game. He went 1-1 with a 3.18 ERA in 11.1 innings for the NL Champion Brewers.

Assuming Bundy will be considered the team's ace, Bundy will likely replace Jakob Junis in the rotation. Likely, next year's Indians rotation will consist of Bundy, Michael Fulmer, Mike Leake, Taijuan Walker, and Jose Urena.

Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook.

This story was not subject to approval by Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Free Agents

The following players are free agents:

^ currently unsigned
* player option
# club option
@ mutual option
% likely to retire
& guaranteed to retire

sP T. Anderson
OF K. Broxton
OF R. Davis
sP G. Gonzalez
RP J. Johnson
SP M. Leiter
SP J. Lester
1B K. Morales
1B D. Valencia

C C. Iannetta: $4/1yr with Orioles
SP H. Iwakuma
RP J. Motte
SP E. Volquez

SS J. Mercer
^C R. Rivera
^C B. McCann
^1B M. Cabrera
^3B C. Headley
^3B C. Spangenberg
^SS A. Cabrera
^SS B. Crawford
^OF G. Heredia
^OF C. Beltran
^SP A. Cobb
^SP M. Estrada

Red Sox
1B J. Hicks

3B Y. Diaz
SS W. Difo
OF C. Gomez
SP R. Hill (declined Qualifying Offer)
RP G. Infante (accepted Qualifying Offer with CHC)
2B I. Kinsler
RP P. Neshek (declined Qualifying Offer): $10/1yr with PHI [CHC will get compensation pick between rds 1 and 2]

SP D. Fister
OF M. Kemp
^OF D. Fisher

RP F. Abad
RP B. Cecil
C F. Cervelli
C R. Chirinos
OF N. Cruz
RP M. Dunn
SS A. Escobar
RP S. Freeman
3B D. Freese
SP C. Hamels
RP W. Harris
RP T. Hunter: $11/5yr deal with TB
OF N. Markakis
RP B. McCarthy
1B M. Moreland
1B H. Ramirez
SP J. Tomlin
OF J. Upton

All Players On Majors Roster. Owner Has Until Friday To Clear Contracts (by message to commish) and resign players. Otherwise, all players will be declared free agents.

SP B. Colon
SP R. Dickey

RP J. Blevins
^C Y. Molina
^1B M. Napoli
^3B E. Escobar
^3B M. Davidson
^DH V. Martinez
^OF M. Joyce
^OF C. Gonzalez
^SP W. Chen
^SP D. Duffy
^RP B. Shaw

All players have their contracts cleared. Owner has until Friday to resign players.

2B D. LeMahieu
C M. Pina
OF G. Polanco
OF A. Presley
OF R. Raburn
OF B. Revere
3B T. Rivera
SS M. Rojas
3B A. Sanchez
^C R. Hanigan
^C K. Smith
^SS R. Goins
^RP R. Bleier
^SP D. Bundy: $25/8yrs with CLE (opt-out for 2023)
^SP A. Albers

OF M. Trumbo

^C R. Martin
^2B L. Forsythe

^SP I. Kennedy
SP J. Guerra

RP L. Avilan
OF H. Bader
2B C. Colon
SP A. Sanchez
OF J. Parker

^SP S. Feldman

OF M. Cabrera
3B E. Longoria
RP H. Neris
2B B. Phillips
SS J. Reyes
1B M. Reynolds
RP F. Rodney
RP C. Rusin
SP D. Straily
2B J. Villar

RP M. Belisle
OF D. Nava
OF S. Pearce
^C J. Sucre
^SP C. Sale

^OF K. Kiermaier
^OF R. Braun
^SP N. Karns
^RP B. Boxberger
^RP S. Greene
SS E. Adrianza: $10/2yrs with MIL
OF B. Goodwin
SP K. Hendricks
C S. Leon
3B T. Lin
2B D. Travis

2B E. Gonzalez
SS J. Iglesias
OF J. Jaso
RP S. Okert: $6/4yr deal with CHC
3B R. Schimpf
OF D. Span
^C R. Lopez
^SP C. Kuhl

Blue Jays:
OF N. Aoki
C J. Bandy
RP J. Biagini
C D. Butera
1B M. Carpenter (accepted Qualifying Offer with TOR)
SP J. Hammel
1B J. Smoak (declined Qualifying Offer)
RP J. Soria (accepted Qualifying Offer with TOR)

Free Agents Signed but didn't play in 2017:
C B. Maxwell: $10/1yr deal with MIL
RP G. Kontos: $11/5yr deal with TB

MLBPA Awards Announced

All of this was done by bosocks.

MLBPA Players’ Choice Award Winners:

Player of the Year: OF Jeremy Hazelbaker, Philadelphia Phillies
Hazelbaker, batting out of the leadoff spot of the Phillies, was instrumental in leading Philadelphia to a league-best 122-40 regular season record. He led the league in hits, walks, stolen bases, and runs scored, as well as accumulating the highest batting average, OBP, and second highest OPS in baseball.

Majestic Athletic Always Game Award: SP Chris Sale, St. Louis Cardinals
Sale, the staff ace of the postseason phenom Cardinals, pitched more innings than any other player in baseball for 2017, hurling an incredible league-leading 13 complete games for St. Louis, along with 5 shutouts. Sale only started 5 games where he did not pick up the decision, averaging almost 8 full innings per start

Outstanding A.L. Player: 1B Matt Olson, Oakland Athletics
Olson possessed the deadly ability to hit for average and power, leading the Junior Circuit in OBP and leading the league in SLG, with his 0.295 average a solid complement to his 49 homer power and 102 RBIs. Only 23, Olson will be an award show staple for years to come.

Outstanding A.L. Pitcher: RP Yusmeiro Petit, Tampa Bay Rays
Rarely does this award go to a relief pitcher, but rarely does a relief pitcher have as strong a season as Yusmeiro Petit did for Tampa Bay. Compiling 11 wins and 23 saves, Petit was the Rays’ primary option out of the pen, throwing a whopping 174.1 innings in 98 appearances, to a tune of an ERA of 1.29, a WHIP of 0.68, and more than 10 strikeouts per nine innings.

Outstanding N.L. Player: OF Jeremy Hazelbaker, Philadelphia Phillies
The winner as well of the 2017 Player of the Year Award, Hazelbaker, batting out of the leadoff spot of the Phillies, was instrumental in leading Philadelphia to a league-best 122-40 regular season record. He led the league in hits, walks, stolen bases, and runs scored, as well as accumulating the highest batting average, OBP, and second highest OPS in baseball.

Outstanding N.L. Pitcher: Max Scherzer, Milwaukee Brewers
Scherzer, in his age 33 season, is still a force to be reckoned with, winning 23 games against only seven losses as he leads the Brewers into the NLCS against the Cardinals. Scherzer threw 10 complete games, 5 of them shutouts, as he had the lowest H/9 among National League Starters, at a miniscule 5.0

Outstanding A.L. Rookie: SP Lucas Giolito, Oakland Athletics
Giolito, in his first MLB season, was a force in the Athletics rotation, their staff ace until the midseason addition of Shohei Ohtani. A 1.98 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, 8.2 K/9, 17 wins, and 2 complete games were the final stat line of one of the most dominant rookie pitching seasons in recent memory.

Outstanding N.L. Rookie: OF Rhys Hoskins, Atlanta Braves
Compared to the A.L., which featured Lucas Giolito, Luis Castillo, and Aaron Judge, the Senior Circuit was comparatively thin on dominant rookie talent. However, no one told Braves OF Rhys Hoskins, one of the leaders of a loaded Atlanta offense, who finished his age 24 season with 43 home runs and 105 RBI.

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Rays defeat Red Sox, 3-0. WP: Josh Hader, LP: Luis Castillo, SV: Brad Boxberger. GWRBI: Joe Panik
Cardinals defeat Braves, 3-2. WP: Chris Sale, LP: Yu Darvish, SV: Tyler Lyons. GWRBI: Yonder Alonso
G1: Rays defeat Yankees, 2-0. WP: Alex Meyer, LP: Robbie Ray. GWRBI: Bryce Harper
G2: Yankees defeat Rays, 4-1. WP: Mike Clevinger, LP: Kyle Hendricks, SV: Emilio Pagan. GWRBI: Jake Lamb
G3: Rays defeat Yankees, 4-0. WP: Dinelson Lamet, LP: Carlos Carrasco. GWRBI: Joe Panik
G4: Yankees defeat Rays, 4-3. WP: Gerrit Cole, LP: Lance McCullers. GWRBI: Anthony Rizzo
G5: Yankees defeat Rays, 3-2. WP: Robbie Ray, LP: Alex Meyer, SV: Emilio Pagan. GWRBI: Anthony Rizzo
G1: Mariners defeat Royals, 3Yin Chen, SV: Fernando Rodney. GWRBI: Jose Altuve
G2: Mariners defeat Royals, 3-1. WP: Zack Greinke, LP: Bryan Shaw, SV: Fernando Rodney. GWRBI: Jose Altuve
G3: Mariners defeat Royals, 3-2. WP: Hector Rondon, LP: Joe Musgrove, SV: Hector Neris. GWRBI: Jose Reyes
G1: Cardinals defeat Phillies, 6-5. WP: Ken Giles, LP: Corey Knebel, SV: Tyler Lyons. GWRBI: Chris Taylor
G2: Cardinals defeat Phillies, 1-0. WP: Ken Giles, LP: Joe Kelly, SV: Chad Green. GWRBI: Chris Davis
G3: Cardinals defeat Phillies, 5-0. WP: Chris Sale, LP: Ariel Miranda. GWRBI: Daniel Nava.
G1: Brewers defeat Diamondbacks, 1-0. WP: Max Scherzer, LP: Corey Kluber. GWRBI: Howie Kendrick
G2: Brewers defeat Diamondbacks, 7-3. WP: Andrew Cashner, LP: Gio Gonzalez. GWRBI: Jose Abreu
G3: Brewers defeat Diamondbacks, 4Jin Ryu, LP: Kenta Maeda, SV: Andrew Miller.

ALCS: Mariners vs. Yankees
G1: Yankees defeat Mariners, 4-0. WP: Trevor Hildenberger, LP: Charlie Morton. GWRBI: Jake Lamb
G2: Yankees defeat Mariners, 4-2 (F/10). WP: Emilio Pagan, LP: Fernando Rodney. GWRBI: Ian Happ
G3: Mariners defeat Yankees, 2-0. WP: Danny Salazar, LP: Robbie Ray, SV: Fernando Rodney. GWRBI: Jay Bruce
G4: Yankees defeat Mariners, 6-2. WP: Julio Teheran, LP: Dan Straily, SV: Trevor Hildenberger. GWRBI: Nicky Delmonico
G5: Mariners defeat Yankees, 3-0. WP: Charlie Morton, LP: Jose Torres. GWRBI: Elvis Andrus
G6: Mariners defeat Yankees, 5-0. WP: Zack Greinke, LP: Carlos Carrasco. GWRBI: Jay Bruce
G7: Mariners defeat Yankees, 6-3. WP: Danny Salazar, LP: Robbie Ray, SV: Fernando Rodney. GWRBI: Jay Bruce
NLCS: Cardinals vs. Brewers
G1: Brewers defeat Cardinals, 2-0. WP: Max Scherzer, LP: Chris Sale, SV: Andrew Miller. GWRBI: Miguel Rojas
G2: Cardinals defeat Brewers, 5-2. WP: Zack Godley, LP: Andrew Cashner, SV: Tyler Lyons. GWRBI: Nolan Arenado
G3: Cardinals defeat Brewers, 4Jin Ryu, SV: Tyler Lyons. GWRBI: Nolan Arenado
G4: Brewers defeat Cardinals, 2-1. WP: Jose Quintana, LP: JC Ramirez, SV: Andrew Miller. GWRBI: DJ LeMahieu
G5: Brewers defeat Cardinals, 3-0. WP: Max Scherzer, LP: Chris Sale, SV: Andrew Miller. GWRBI: Alex Presley
G6: Cardinals defeat Brewers, 4-1. WP: Zack Godley, LP: Andrew Cashner, SV: Tyler Lyons. GWRBI: Francisco Lindor
G7: Brewers defeat Cardinals, 9Jin Ryu, LP: Jimmy Nelson. GWRBI: Gregory Polanco

World Series: Mariners vs. Brewers
G1: Mariners defeat Brewers, 11-0. WP: Charlie Morton, LP: Max Scherzer. GWRBI: Welington Castillo
G2: Mariners defeat Brewers, 4-0. WP; Zack Greinke, LP: Jose Quintana. GWRBI: Welington Castillo
G3: Mariners defeat Brewers, 4-2. WP: Sean Menaea, LP: Andrew Cashner, SV: Hector Rondon. GWRBI: Elvis Andrus
G4: Mariners defeat Brewers, 7-2. WP: Dan Straily, LP: Hyun-Jin Ryu. GWRBI: Jay Bruce

World Series Champions: Seattle Mariners

Traded Picks/Cash

Trades that start with an asterisk (*) are waiver trades.

-Pirates trade $4,000,000 to A's (Anderson)
-Cubs trade $17,000,000 to Indians (Morrow)
-Rockies trade $5,000,000 to Rangers (Thompson)
-Cubs trade $8,000,000 to Giants (Berrios, Hellickson)
-Rockies trade $2,000,000 to Padres (blockbuster)
-*Rockies trade $5,000,000 to Padres (Zimmermann, Kipnis)

-Pirates trade 1st rounder to Red Sox (Keuchel)
-A's trade 1st rounder to Padres (Stanton, Cotton)
-Rockies trade 1st rounder to Indians (Judge)

-Pirates trade 2nd rounder to Red Sox (Descalso)
-Braves trade 2nd rounder to Padres (Allen, Walker, Davies)
-A's trade 2nd rounder to Padres (Stanton, Cotton)
-Padres trade ATL's 2nd rounder to Diamondbacks (Marte)
-Rockies trade 2nd rounder to Indians (Judge)
-Cubs trade 2nd rounder to Giants (Berrios, Hellickson)
-*Rays trade 2nd rounder to Giants (McCullers)
-*Padres trade OAK 2nd rounder to Rockies (Clippard)

-Braves trade 3rd rounder to Padres (Allen, Walker, Davies)
-A's trade 3rd rounder to Padres (Stanton, Cotton)
-Padres trade ATL's 3nd rounder to Diamondbacks (Marte)
-Cubs trade 3rd rounder to Rockies (Peralta)
-Rockies trade CHC's 3rd rounder to Indians (Judge)
-Rockies trade 3rd rounder to Cubs (Nunez, Ynoa)
-Tigers trade 3rd rounder to Red Sox (Strop)
-Cubs trade COL's 3rd rounder to Giants (Berrios, Hellickson)
-*Rays trade 3rd rounder to Giants (McCullers)
-#Red Sox trade 3rd rounder to Cubs (La Stella)

-A's trade 4th rounder to Padres (Stanton, Cotton)
-Cubs trade 4th rounder to Rockies (Arrieta)
-Rockies trade 4th rounder to Cubs (Nunez, Ynoa)
-Padres trade 4th rounder to Cubs (Bader, Sanchez)
-Padres trade OAK 4th rounder to Cubs (Bader, Sanchez)

-A's trade 5th rounder to Padres (Stanton, Cotton)
-Pirates trade 5th rounder to Astros (Hoyt)
-Padres trade 5th rounder to Cubs (Bader, Sanchez)
-Rockies trade 5th rounder to Padres (blockbuster)

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