Chap­man head­ing back to Yanks

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Ben Walker

na­tional har­bor, md.» A per­son fa­mil­iar with the deal told The As­so­ci­ated Press that free-agent closer Aroldis Chap­man and the New York Yan­kees reached agree­ment on an $86 mil­lion, five-year con­tract.

The per­son spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity Wed­nes­day night be­cause the con­tract was still pend­ing a phys­i­cal.

Chap­man was ac­quired by New York from the Cincin­nati Reds last off­sea­son, then was traded to the Chicago Cubs in late July. The hard-throw­ing lefty helped the Cubs win the World Se­ries and be­came a free agent when it was over. Fox Sports first re­ported the agree­ment. Mean­while, Chap­man’s for­mer team al­ready had repaced him ear­lier in the day by trad­ing for all-star re­liever Wade Davis.

To get a closer who has been dom­i­nant for the last three years, the World Se­ries cham­pi­ons sent out­fielder Jorge Soler to Kansas City. Davis, who fin­ished out the Roy­als’ win that clinched their 2015 ti­tle, moved right into the ninth-in­ning role Chap­man held at Wrigley Field.

Cubs man­ager Joe Mad­don avoided any assess­ment of who was best. “They’re just dif­fer­ent kind of pitch­ers,” he said.

But the opin­ions weren’t so blurred af­ter the NL East cham­pion Na­tion­als made their deal with the Chicago White Sox.

A day af­ter miss­ing out on White Sox ace Chris Sale, Wash­ing­ton traded top prospect Lu­cas Gi­olito, strong-armed Rey­naldo Lopez and 2016 first-round draft pick Dane Dun­ning to get out­fielder Adam Ea­ton.

Nats fans lit up Twit­ter, won­der­ing why their team paid such a hefty price.

“We feel com­fort­able with the deal. We’ve done a lot of deals. I like win-win deals,” Na­tional gen­eral man­ager Mike Rizzo said.

Ea­ton, who turned 28 Tues­day, bat­ted .284 with 14 home runs and 59 RBIs, steal­ing 14 bases and hit­ting an AL-lead­ing nine triples. He led base­ball with 18 out­field as­sists.

In other deals, San Fran­cisco traded pitcher Chris He­ston to Seat­tle Mariners for a player to be named.

Out­fielder Car­los Gomez agreed to an $11.5 mil­lion, one-year con­tract to stay with the Rangers.

The Mar­lins reached agree­ments with pitcher Jeff Locke and catcher A.J. El­lis.

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