The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Ben Walker

Yu Darvish and Sonny Gray headed a pa­rade of prized arms on the move Mon­day, leav­ing lit­tle doubt on trade dead­line day: Top teams made a big pitch for the play­offs.

All-star Bran­don Kint­zler, Ad­di­son Reed and Justin Wil­son were among the many re­liev­ers swapped be­fore the cut­off. There were 14 deals in­volv­ing ma­jor lea­guers — all six divi­sion lead­ers got some­one new.

“We’re try­ing to go from good to great,” Yan­kees gen­eral man­ager Brian Cash­man said.

The Yan­kees bol­stered their ro­ta­tion by get­ting Gray from Oakland for three mi­nor­lea­guers.

The Los An­ge­les Dodgers, own­ers of the best record in the ma­jors and the top pay­roll, gave up three mi­nor lea­guers for Darvish.

“We’re not go­ing to be lin­ing up our play­off ro­ta­tion quite yet,” gen­eral man­ager Farhan Zaidi said.

Los An­ge­les also added re­liev­ers Tony Wat­son from Pitts­burgh and Tony Cin­grani from Cincin­nati.

A few stars men­tioned in trade spec­u­la­tion stayed put — Ori­oles closer Zach Brit­ton, Detroit starter Justin Ver­lan­der and San Diego re­liever Brad Hand, among them.

Teams had un­til 2 p.m. to make trades with­out waivers. For the rest of the sea­son, play­ers can be dealt only if ev­ery other club passes on a chance to claim them.

A year af­ter the cham­pion Cubs and Cleve­land used deep bullpens to reach the World Se­ries, sev­eral teams boosted their re­lief corps. As did the Cubs and In­di­ans.

Chicago got Wil­son, a valu­able lefty, along with backup catcher Alex Avila from Detroit. Avila was traded away by his dad, Tigers GM Al Avila.

Joe Smith, who re­lieved for Cleve­land from 2009-13, was sent from Toronto to the In­di­ans.

NL East-lead­ing Wash­ing­ton got Kint­zler from Min­nesota.

The Astros, al­ready run­ning away with the AL West, plucked lefty Fran­cisco Liri­ano from Toronto.

The Red Sox added Reed, who had been serv­ing as the Mets’ closer. Reed is 1-2 with a 2.57 ERA and 19 saves in 21 chances, and he joins a bullpen that in­cludes dom­i­nant closer Craig Kim­brel.

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