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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Carlos Santana and Jeurys Familia found friendly landing spots Curt Schilling Jersey , Edwin Encarnacion took off for a more uncertain future. Joe Kelly joined the team he helped beat in the World Series, the Milwaukee Brewers boosted their imposing bullpen.The winter meetings wrapped up Thursday with a three-team trade involving Cleveland, Seattle and Tampa Bay, plus a couple more relievers reached free-agent deals.Even so, baseball fans might’ve felt a bit cheated this week. Because even after all clubs gathered along the Strip, no one went all in.Hometown slugger Bryce Harper stayed put, Manny Machado didn’t move. A lot of trade talk about Corey Kluber, Noah Syndergaard and J.T. Realmuto, but no deals.Blame that, maybe, on a new way of doing business.In older days, a general managers or agent would’ve met around the blackjack table or roulette wheel in the wee hours and hammered out a swap on a handshake. Now, with so many financial, medical and analytical components, that’s virtually impossible.“There’s a lot of great agents who have done big high-profile deals that are involved with these guys, so contracts have gotten more complicated in recent years with the opt-outs and various deferrals and other mechanisms that it’s very possible that in the end we see something that we haven’t seen before in terms of deal structure,” White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said.Well said, actually.In the biggest trade of the week Luis Gonzalez Jersey , the Indians brought back Santana and sent the slugging Encarnacion to Seattle. The Rays got highly prized infielder Yandy Diaz in a swap that also included a couple more players, cash and a draft pick. The Rays also have a pending deal with All-Star pitcher Charlie Morton.“Looking at history, I think to expect to come out of the winter meetings with as many things either completed or possible as we have is not something that you can expect,” Rays senior vice president of baseball operations Chaim Bloom said.“Here we were able to get something over the finish line before getting on the plane,” he said.Encarnacion drove in 107 runs and hit 32 homers, increasing his major league-best totals in both departments since 2012. He could provide the power lost when DH Nelson Cruz became a free agent —or not.“We’ll see how it goes with Edwin, whether he stays with us or he moves on to another destination,” Seattle assistant general manager Justin Hollander said.A month before he turns 36, Encarnacion is guaranteed $25 million: $20 million next season and a $5 million buyout of a $25 million club option for 2020.The 32-year-old Santana spent the first eight seasons of his career in Cleveland and was a fan favorite. The first baseman/DH signed a $60 million, three-year deal with Philadelphia last offseason, was traded to Seattle earlier this month and moved again this week.“We know what makes him tick. We know all of the things that he brings to a team into a clubhouse, so that does help,” Indians GM Chris Antonetti said.Kelly cashed in, reaching agreement with the Los Angeles Dodgers on a $25 million, three-year deal, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal had not yet been announced.The 30-year-old righty was 4-2 with a 4.39 ERA and two saves in 73 games this year for Boston, then excelled in October. He pitched in all five World Series games against the Dodgers and didn’t allow a run, striking out 10 in six innings.The revamped New York Mets bullpen will include a very familiar face in Familia. He needs a physical to complete a $30 million Gregor Blanco Jersey , three-year deal.Familia had spent his entire career with New York before being traded to Oakland last July. He’ll return to the Mets as a setup man after they recently acquired big league saves leader Edwin Diaz from Seattle.New Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen said the Mets liked Familia because of his “age, performance, repertoire and comfort being able to handle our market.”The NL Central Brewers added another reliever, getting left-hander Alex Claudio from the Texas Rangers for a draft pick. Claudio was 4-2 with a 4.48 ERA and one save in 65 relief appearances and one start this year. DETROIT (AP) — It didn’t look or sound like a rebuilding team, holding on for a win against a contender. Shane Greene had a game-ending strikeout against Jason Heyward — with fans roaring on their feet — to help the Detroit Tigers beat the Chicago Cubs 2-1 on Tuesday night.“Great atmosphere with a good team coming in here,” Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. “They bring a lot of fans, too, and our fans were just wearing them out.“It was good stuff, and a big win.”Jordan Zimmermann (6-5) pitched six effective innings for Detroit, continuing Chicago’s misery.The NL Central-leading Cubs were held to one run via homer for the fifth straight game, dropping the last three in the offensive slide. This time, Anthony Rizzo led off the sixth with his 19th homer, falling to his knees as he drove Zimmermann’s first pitch over the wall in right.But that was it once again for Chicago.“I can’t really find too much wrong with how we are playing,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “The defense has been great and we’re pitching well. We’re just not hitting.“Once a game, we hit our home run and then we don’t take advantage of our other chances.”Help could be on the way after the Cubs acquired Daniel Murphy in a trade with Washington before the game. The three-time All-Star missed the start of the season because of knee surgery, but is hitting .340 (35 for 103) since the All-Star break.Drew VerHagen, Joe Jimenez and Greene combined for three innings of one-hit relief, closing out Detroit’s second win in seven games.The Cubs had one last chance when Albert Almora Jr. drew a two-out walk in the ninth. But Greene struck out Heyward swinging to finish off a 10-pitch at-bat Blake Parker Jersey , earning his 27th save in 30 chances.“It was fun, mainly because I came out on top,” Greene said.Detroit got both of its runs in the first inning against Kyle Hendricks (9-10), who allowed 10 hits and walked one in seven innings.Former Cubs prospect Jeimer Candelario doubled and scored on Nicholas Castellanos‘ groundout. Victor Martinez, who finished with three hits, added a two-out RBI single.“I didn’t bury the last pitch to Victor Martinez and he went and got it,” Hendricks said.NO PRESSUREMaddon plans to have a face-to-face meeting with Murphy, hoping to find out how much he can play and trying to diffuse expectations, before putting him in the lineup Wednesday at Detroit.“I’m not asking for Daniel to come in and all the sudden be this force,” Maddon said. “When you get a guy like this of course the natural assumption is he’s going to take you to the promised land and I don’t want him to think that way.”TRAINER’S ROOMCubs: RHP Yu Darvish will miss the rest of the season with a stress reaction in his right elbow. … SS Addison Russell was scratched with a sore shoulder. “He’s been playing through it for a while so we backed off,” Maddon said.Tigers: RHP Michael Fulmer, on the DL since July 20 with a strained oblique, is scheduled to throw 70 pitches somewhere on Friday. Gardenhire would not say where Fulmer will have the outing. … OF JaCoby Jones is expected to have a three-game rehab assignment this week. He has been on the DL since Aug. 13 with a strained right hamstring.UP NEXTCubs LHP Jon Lester (13-5, 3.72 ERA) and Tigers LHP Francisco Liriano (3-8, 4.72) close the two-game series. Lester is 2-6 with a 6.05 ERA in 11 starts in the regular season against Detroit.

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