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Good morning baseball fans. Yesterday provided even more action and rumors. As the Winter Meetings conclude and free agency continued, stay locked to MLB Daily Dish for all the updates and news surrounding all the free agents this winter.
A flurry of trades highlighted yesterday, kicked off by the Seattle Mariners acquiring Adam Lind from the Brewers.
After missing out on Ben Zobrist, the Mets still had a need at second base. To fill that need they swapped Jon Niese for Neil Walker from the Pirates.
They followed that up by signing shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera to a 2-year deal.
The White Sox finally finished up a deal that got them third baseman Brett Lawrie from the Oakland A's.
Houston was looking for a closer and they traded for Phillies closer Ken Giles, in exchange four minor league pitchers.
The Arizona Diamondbacks are transforming the NL West, according to our own Mike Bates.
So, yes, the Diamondbacks look like they will be resurgent in 2016 and that we may have a total realignment in the NL West to contend with. That said, they paid a heavy price to do it. Miller is a pretty decent number two starter with three more years of team control left. Ender Inciarte, on the other hand, is going to be 25, was worth in excess of three wins last year with his league average offense and outstanding defense, and is under team control through 2021. Aaron Blair was a top 100 prospect last year and reached Triple A. And Dansby Swanson, last year's number one overall amateur pick, had success in his first season of pro ball and figures to be one of the top 100 prospects in baseball this year. He's a potentially dynamic shortstop. In five years, this deal may look awfully silly for the Diamondbacks. But, then, if they make the postseason and have a deep run a couple of times in the next three years, nobody is going to give a damn about that. And rightfully so.
Cincinnati and Cleveland are discussing a deal about Todd Frazier.
Despite earlier rumors, a deal between the Nationals and Mike Leake appears unlikely.
Colorado has a number of teams interested in one of their big prizes, Carlos Gonzalez.
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