Shifting closers highlight event
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:
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.
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.
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.