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FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017 file photo, Arizona Diamondbacks second baseman Brandon Drury waits to hit prior to the National League wild-card playoff baseball game against the Colorado Rockies in Phoenix. The Arizona Diamondbacks have sent infielder Brandon Drury to the New York Yankees and received outfielder Steven Souza Jr. from the Tampa Bay Rays in a three-team trade that includes five players, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
3-team trade sends Drury to Yankees, Souza to Diamondbacks
FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017 file photo, Arizona Diamondbacks second baseman Brandon Drury waits to hit prior to the National League wild-card playoff baseball game against the Colorado Rockies in Phoenix. The Arizona Diamondbacks have sent infielder Brandon Drury to the New York Yankees and received outfielder Steven Souza Jr. from the Tampa Bay Rays in a three-team trade that includes five players, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
FILE - In this Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017 file photo, Tampa Bay Rays' Steven Souza Jr. celebrates after his walk off home run off Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Jacob Barnes during the ninth inning of an interleague baseball game in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Arizona Diamondbacks have sent infielder Brandon Drury to the New York Yankees and received outfielder Steven Souza Jr. from the Tampa Bay Rays in a three-team trade that includes five players, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)
3-team trade sends Drury to Yankees, Souza to Diamondbacks
FILE - In this Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017 file photo, Tampa Bay Rays' Steven Souza Jr. celebrates after his walk off home run off Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Jacob Barnes during the ninth inning of an interleague baseball game in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Arizona Diamondbacks have sent infielder Brandon Drury to the New York Yankees and received outfielder Steven Souza Jr. from the Tampa Bay Rays in a three-team trade that includes five players, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)
A three-team MLB trade saw the New York Yankees acquire infielder Brandon Drury.
Yankees acquire Drury in three-team deal with Diamondbacks, Rays
A three-team MLB trade saw the New York Yankees acquire infielder Brandon Drury.
<p>New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman was allowed to travel to Cuba for the first time in more than eight years and he received a warm welcome in his hometown of Holguin during the off-season, according to ESPN&#39;s Marly Rivera.</p><p>In July 2009, Chapman defected from Cuba when he left the national team during a tournament in the Netherlands and headed to Amsterdam and Barcelona. He eventually landed in Andorra in the Pyrenees, where he established residency that allowed him to become a free agent under baseball&#39;s rules. He attempted to defect in 2008 and was unsuccessful so Cuba kept him off the 2008 Olympic team in Beijing. </p><p><em>Watch Chapman make his return below:</em></p><p>Chapman is coming off a season in which he recorded 22 saves with a 3.22 ERA and 69 strikeouts in 50 1/3 innings. He turns 30 years old later this month.</p>
Watch: Aroldis Chapman Returns To Cuba For First Time In Eight Years

New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman was allowed to travel to Cuba for the first time in more than eight years and he received a warm welcome in his hometown of Holguin during the off-season, according to ESPN's Marly Rivera.

In July 2009, Chapman defected from Cuba when he left the national team during a tournament in the Netherlands and headed to Amsterdam and Barcelona. He eventually landed in Andorra in the Pyrenees, where he established residency that allowed him to become a free agent under baseball's rules. He attempted to defect in 2008 and was unsuccessful so Cuba kept him off the 2008 Olympic team in Beijing.

Watch Chapman make his return below:

Chapman is coming off a season in which he recorded 22 saves with a 3.22 ERA and 69 strikeouts in 50 1/3 innings. He turns 30 years old later this month.

FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor smiles as he finishes up with batting practice at the Indians spring training facility, in Goodyear, Ariz. Even months after Clevelands unexpected loss to the New York Yankees in the AL playoffs, the Indians All-Star shortstop hasnt shaken the sting of a special season ending well short of a World Series title. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)
Indians' Lindor: new hair color, old pain from playoff loss
FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor smiles as he finishes up with batting practice at the Indians spring training facility, in Goodyear, Ariz. Even months after Clevelands unexpected loss to the New York Yankees in the AL playoffs, the Indians All-Star shortstop hasnt shaken the sting of a special season ending well short of a World Series title. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)
FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2017, file photo, Tampa Bay Rays&#39; Jake Odorizzi delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees in New York. The Twins have acquired Odorizzi from the Rays for minor league infielder Jermaine Palacios, securing some needed depth for their rotation. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)
Odorizzi welcomes cost-cutting Rays deal to optimistic Twins
FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2017, file photo, Tampa Bay Rays' Jake Odorizzi delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees in New York. The Twins have acquired Odorizzi from the Rays for minor league infielder Jermaine Palacios, securing some needed depth for their rotation. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)
New York Yankees&#39; Aaron Judge (99) and Giancarlo Stanton 927) stretch at baseball spring training camp, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Must-see BP: Yanks' Stanton, Judge hit together for 1st time
New York Yankees' Aaron Judge (99) and Giancarlo Stanton 927) stretch at baseball spring training camp, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
New York Yankees&#39; Aaron Judge hits during batting practice at baseball spring training camp, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Must-see BP: Yanks' Stanton, Judge hit together for 1st time
New York Yankees' Aaron Judge hits during batting practice at baseball spring training camp, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
New York Yankees&#39; Aaron Judge, left, and Giancarlo Stanton stretch at baseball spring training camp, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Must-see BP: Yanks' Stanton, Judge hit together for 1st time
New York Yankees' Aaron Judge, left, and Giancarlo Stanton stretch at baseball spring training camp, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
New York Yankees&#39; Giancarlo Stanton hits during batting practice at baseball spring training camp, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Must-see BP: Yanks' Stanton, Judge hit together for 1st time
New York Yankees' Giancarlo Stanton hits during batting practice at baseball spring training camp, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
New York Yankees&#39; Aaron Judge, left, and Giancarlo Stanton bump their gloves together after a throwing drill at baseball spring training camp, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Must-see BP: Yanks' Stanton, Judge hit together for 1st time
New York Yankees' Aaron Judge, left, and Giancarlo Stanton bump their gloves together after a throwing drill at baseball spring training camp, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
<p>Free agent outfielder J.D. Martinez has reportedly reached an agreement with the Boston Red Sox on a deal worth $110 million over five years, <a href="https://twitter.com/pedrogomezESPN/status/965711062212358144" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:according" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">according</a> to to Pedro Gomez of ESPN and Jon Morosi of MLB Network.</p><p>Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports was the first to report that Martinez and the Red Sox were nearing a deal on Monday. Alex Speir of The Boston Globe <a href="https://twitter.com/alexspeier/status/965712240308555777" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:reports" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">reports</a> that the two sides are working around an agreement on a five-year deal. The deal includes an opt-out clause after two years, <a href="https://twitter.com/jonmorosi/status/965714299028230150" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:according" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">according</a> to Morosi and Gomez.</p><p>Martinez, 29, was one of the best hitters in the league last year as he recorded a .690 slugging percentage in 489 plate appearances between the Detroit Tigers and the Arizona Diamondbacks. He finished the season with a .303 batting average, 26 doubles, 45 home runs and a 1.066 OPS in 119 games on the year. He was dealt to Arizona before the July trade deadline and his numbers are more impressive when his 62 games in the National League show that he hit .302 with 29 home runs and 65 RBIs in the second half. In the past four years, Martinez is splitting .300/.362/.574. </p><p>During the Winter Meetings, his agent Scott Boras told teams that Martinez was seeking a contract in the $200 million range. That deal would still be a lot less than the $265 million that the New York Yankees will be shelling out for outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, who was acquired in a trade with the Miami Marlins before Christmas. The Stanton deal triggered major interest from the Red Sox to stay close on their American League East rivals and aggressively pursue Martinez. </p>
Report: J.D. Martinez Signs Five-Year Deal With Red Sox Worth $110 Million

Free agent outfielder J.D. Martinez has reportedly reached an agreement with the Boston Red Sox on a deal worth $110 million over five years, according to to Pedro Gomez of ESPN and Jon Morosi of MLB Network.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports was the first to report that Martinez and the Red Sox were nearing a deal on Monday. Alex Speir of The Boston Globe reports that the two sides are working around an agreement on a five-year deal. The deal includes an opt-out clause after two years, according to Morosi and Gomez.

Martinez, 29, was one of the best hitters in the league last year as he recorded a .690 slugging percentage in 489 plate appearances between the Detroit Tigers and the Arizona Diamondbacks. He finished the season with a .303 batting average, 26 doubles, 45 home runs and a 1.066 OPS in 119 games on the year. He was dealt to Arizona before the July trade deadline and his numbers are more impressive when his 62 games in the National League show that he hit .302 with 29 home runs and 65 RBIs in the second half. In the past four years, Martinez is splitting .300/.362/.574.

During the Winter Meetings, his agent Scott Boras told teams that Martinez was seeking a contract in the $200 million range. That deal would still be a lot less than the $265 million that the New York Yankees will be shelling out for outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, who was acquired in a trade with the Miami Marlins before Christmas. The Stanton deal triggered major interest from the Red Sox to stay close on their American League East rivals and aggressively pursue Martinez.

On Monday, we got our first taste of Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge together on the New York Yankees.
Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge's first BP session lived up to the hype
On Monday, we got our first taste of Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge together on the New York Yankees.
On Monday, we got our first taste of Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge together on the New York Yankees.
Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge's first BP session lived up to the hype
On Monday, we got our first taste of Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge together on the New York Yankees.
<p>The first batting practice session for the New York Yankees featuring Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton did not produce as many &#39;wow&#39; moments as expected.</p><p>It is estimated that about 100 reporters and team officials were on the field to watch them take batting practice, according to Jack Curry of the YES Network. This will certainly become an everyday occurrence for fans in the Bronx this upcoming season.</p><p>Judge knew that many would be watching so he stepped into the batter&#39;s box and practiced a bunt to start.</p><p>The only major highlight was Stanton hitting the &quot;F&quot; on the Steinbrenner Field signage over the scoreboard in the outfield.</p><p><em>Watch the Yankees&#39; stream of batting practice below:</em></p><p>The final home run count for the day was: Stanton 4, Judge 2.</p>
Watch: Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge Take Batting Practice Together For First Time

The first batting practice session for the New York Yankees featuring Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton did not produce as many 'wow' moments as expected.

It is estimated that about 100 reporters and team officials were on the field to watch them take batting practice, according to Jack Curry of the YES Network. This will certainly become an everyday occurrence for fans in the Bronx this upcoming season.

Judge knew that many would be watching so he stepped into the batter's box and practiced a bunt to start.

The only major highlight was Stanton hitting the "F" on the Steinbrenner Field signage over the scoreboard in the outfield.

Watch the Yankees' stream of batting practice below:

The final home run count for the day was: Stanton 4, Judge 2.

New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone signs autographs at baseball spring training camp, Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Ellsbury says he hasn't been asked to waive no-trade clause
New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone signs autographs at baseball spring training camp, Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
New York Yankees&#39; Aaron Judge does drills in the outfield at baseball spring training camp, Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Ellsbury says he hasn't been asked to waive no-trade clause
New York Yankees' Aaron Judge does drills in the outfield at baseball spring training camp, Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
FILE - In this Wednesday, July 5, 2017 file photo, New York Yankees outfielder Dustin Fowler speaks to the media during a press conference at Yankee Stadium in New York. Oakland Athletics center fielder Dustin Fowler has begun doing sliding work at spring training to test his surgically repaired right knee ahead of Oaklands full-squad workouts beginning next week.On June 29, Fowler had not even had his first major league at-bat for the New York Yankees when a freak injury in the first inning of his major league debut ended his year. He needed emergency surgery. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
A's center fielder Fowler making progress from knee surgery
FILE - In this Wednesday, July 5, 2017 file photo, New York Yankees outfielder Dustin Fowler speaks to the media during a press conference at Yankee Stadium in New York. Oakland Athletics center fielder Dustin Fowler has begun doing sliding work at spring training to test his surgically repaired right knee ahead of Oaklands full-squad workouts beginning next week.On June 29, Fowler had not even had his first major league at-bat for the New York Yankees when a freak injury in the first inning of his major league debut ended his year. He needed emergency surgery. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
<p>New York Yankees prospect Thairo Estrada is recovering from a gunshot wound in his right hip after a robbery in Venezuela last month but the shortstop reported to Tampa Bay and is exercising with the team.</p><p>Manager Aaron Boone told reporters that the bullet was still lodged in Estrada&#39;s hip and he is slightly dealing with pain from the incision. Estrada is expected to recuperate and then play a &quot;bulk of the season.&quot;</p><p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Af-Id_fuXFA" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:According" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">According</a> to MLB.com&#39;s Bryan Hoch, Estrada said that he was walking into a restaurant when two teenagers demanded cash or his phone. He told them that he did not have either, and he was shot in the hip.</p><p>Estrada is 21 years old and spent last season with the Trenton Thunder in Double A and the Scottsdale Scorpions of the Arizona Fall League. He signed with the Yankees as a non-drafted free agent in Aug. 2012.</p>
Yankees Prospect Thairo Estrada Shot In Venezuela Last Month, Reports To Spring Training

New York Yankees prospect Thairo Estrada is recovering from a gunshot wound in his right hip after a robbery in Venezuela last month but the shortstop reported to Tampa Bay and is exercising with the team.

Manager Aaron Boone told reporters that the bullet was still lodged in Estrada's hip and he is slightly dealing with pain from the incision. Estrada is expected to recuperate and then play a "bulk of the season."

According to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch, Estrada said that he was walking into a restaurant when two teenagers demanded cash or his phone. He told them that he did not have either, and he was shot in the hip.

Estrada is 21 years old and spent last season with the Trenton Thunder in Double A and the Scottsdale Scorpions of the Arizona Fall League. He signed with the Yankees as a non-drafted free agent in Aug. 2012.

In this Sept. 30, 2017, photo, Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman delivers the ball to the New York Yankees during the first inning of a baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York. Toronto&#39;s Marcus Stroman and Tampa Bay&#39;s Jake Odorizzi went to hearings to begin the final week of what could be the business salary arbitration season since 1990. Stroman asked for a raise from $3.4 million to $6.9 million instead of the Blue Jays&#39; $6.5 million offer. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
Players win 3 of 5 arbitration cases, lead teams 11-8
In this Sept. 30, 2017, photo, Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman delivers the ball to the New York Yankees during the first inning of a baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York. Toronto's Marcus Stroman and Tampa Bay's Jake Odorizzi went to hearings to begin the final week of what could be the business salary arbitration season since 1990. Stroman asked for a raise from $3.4 million to $6.9 million instead of the Blue Jays' $6.5 million offer. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
Cleveland Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer delivers against the New York Yankees during the first inning in Game 4 of baseball&#39;s American League Division Series, Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Players win 3 of 5 arbitration cases, lead teams 11-8
Cleveland Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer delivers against the New York Yankees during the first inning in Game 4 of baseball's American League Division Series, Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Adam Schein discusses Justin Verlander&#39;s remark on the New York Yankees.
Time to Schein: Justin Verlander's comments on the Yankees
Adam Schein discusses Justin Verlander's remark on the New York Yankees.
Adam Schein discusses Justin Verlander&#39;s remark on the New York Yankees.
Time to Schein: Justin Verlander's comments on the Yankees
Adam Schein discusses Justin Verlander's remark on the New York Yankees.
Adam Schein discusses Justin Verlander&#39;s remark on the New York Yankees.
Time to Schein: Justin Verlander's comments on the Yankees
Adam Schein discusses Justin Verlander's remark on the New York Yankees.
Adam Schein discusses Justin Verlander's remark on the New York Yankees.
Time to Schein: Justin Verlander's comments on the Yankees
Adam Schein discusses Justin Verlander's remark on the New York Yankees.

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