Shift­ing closers high­light event

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Ben Walker

oxon hill, md.» All-star closer Aroldis Chap­man went back to the Yan­kees late Wed­nes­day, agree­ing to an $86 mil­lion, five-year con­tract. He joined Mark Me­lan­con and Wade Davis as fin­ish­ers mov­ing to dif­fer­ent bullpens. Chris Sale boosted a big ro­ta­tion in Bos­ton. And the Na­tion­als got their fans talk­ing — a lot.

As teams packed up and headed home Thurs­day, a look at what did and didn’t hap­pen this week:

Who’s left?

Ma­jor-league home run leader Mark Trumbo, fel­low slug­gers Ed­win En­car­na­cion and Jose Bautista, and for­mer Rockies cen­ter fielder Dex­ter Fowler are avail­able free agents. So is closer Ken­ley Jansen, who’s at­tract­ing se­ri­ous in­ter­est from the Mar­lins.

Hol­i­day shop­ping.

Pitts­burgh out­fielder Andrew McCutchen was all but gone at these meet­ings. That’s what most ev­ery­one thought, any­way.

But the for­mer MVP is go­ing to Pi­rateFest this week­end, still on the team. Gen­eral man­ager Neal Hunt­ing­ton says he plans to talk things over with McCutchen.

Open for busi­ness.

The White Sox got quite a haul of prospects by trad­ing Sale and Adam Ea­ton, and they’re far from done. Closer David Robert­son, starter Jose Quin­tana or third base­man Todd Fra­zier could be next.

Only a year re­moved from win­ning the World Se­ries, the Roy­als are in a dif­fer­ent spot. Sev­eral of their stars are el­i­gi­ble for free agency af­ter the 2017 sea­son — first base­man Eric Hos­mer, out­fielder Lorenzo Cain and pitcher Danny Duffy, among them — and K.C. doesn’t want to lose them with noth­ing in re­turn. The Roy­als be­gan re­vamp­ing their ros­ter by trad­ing Davis to the cham­pion Cubs for young, pow­er­ful Jorge Soler.

Field day.

Ex­tra em­pha­sis is be­ing put these days on guys who can han­dle more than one spot. With David Or­tiz re­tir­ing, Bos­ton wants some­one who could DH and also play first base — Mitch More­land is set to be that per­son, sign­ing a one-year con­tract. The Roy­als like Soler as a right fielder and DH. The Na­tion­als are look­ing at Trea Turner in the out­field and at short­stop. Hous­ton might see if Car­los Beltran can play first base.

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