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Astros Target Aroldis Chapman Traded to Dodgers

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The Astros will have to look elsewhere for bullpen help.

Aroldis Chapman traded to the Dodgers.
Aroldis Chapman traded to the Dodgers.
Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Winter Meetings started off with a bang as top closer Aroldis Chapman has been traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Chapman has been one of the best and most intimidating closers in the game since he entered the majors in 2010. Last season he threw more pitches above 100 mph than all other major league pitchers combined.

The Astros will now have to look elsewhere to shore up the bullpen that faltered at the end of last season. They had been linked to Chapman since before the July trade deadline, but apparently couldn't put together a package of mutually agreeable prospects.

Most of the top free agent relievers outside of Tony Sipp have already inked deals, so it looks like the Astros will be checking in on the trade market for the best remaining options. The main names rumored so far are Mark Melancon from the Pirates, Andrew Miller from the Yankees, and Drew Storen from the Nationals.

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