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12/12/2013 | Winter Meetings end with smaller moves, Rule 5 Draft

A flurry of smaller moves brought the 2013 Winter Meetings to a close, while the yearly Rule 5 Draft gave teams hope for bright futures.


12/12/2013 | Active offseason grows Mets' optimism

The Mets have had themselves a fine few days. Sure, it begins with making the baseball team better on the field. Curtis Granderson and Bartolo Colon do that on a couple of levels. Both are productive players and consummate professionals. Also significant is that their signings is a message to Mets fans that their team is aggressively attempting to improve, and that the first phase of the rebuilding project could be nearing an end.


12/12/2013 | Breaking down the 2013 Rule 5 Draft picks

Patrick Schuster created a lot of buzz as a senior at Mitchell High in New Port Richey, Fla., in 2009. He threw four straight no-hitters, and ESPN News broadcast his next start to a national audience. Schuster was in the news again Thursday at the Winter Meetings, as the Astros made him the No. 1 overall pick in the Rule 5 Draft, and traded him to the Padres.


12/12/2013 | O's complete Weeks deal, get Minor League catcher

The Orioles received Minor League catcher David Freitas from the A's on Thursday, completing the Dec. 2 deal that sent closer Jim Johnson to Oakland for second baseman Jemile Weeks.


12/12/2013 | Lot of talk, not nearly as much action at Meetings

For all the hours the Winter Meetings consume, the actual transaction tally they net is often underwhelming. And that was certainly the prevailing notion coming out of this year's event at the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort.


12/12/2013 | O's in mix of teams looking to add reliever Balfour

Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said earlier this week the organization would be willing to go multiple years on a free-agent pitcher in the right scenario.


12/12/2013 | Braves make strides at quiet Winter Meetings

When Braves general manager Frank Wren exited the Winter Meetings on Thursday, he had the same needs he possessed at the start of this four-day event. But Wren seems confident that some of the conversations he had with agents and other executives this week could soon allow him to satisfy his desire to add depth to his starting rotation, bench and bullpen.


12/12/2013 | Back to business after quiet Meetings for Blue Jays

Alex Anthopoulos cautioned before the Winter Meetings that he didn't expect the Blue Jays to make any major moves, and he turned out to be correct.


12/12/2013 | Cashman: 'We have a clearer picture of certain things'

Before the Winter Meetings began, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman used a football analogy to describe the current state of the team, saying that he was "on the 1-yard line" in reaching agreements with a variety of players.


12/12/2013 | Mets make statement with signings at Meetings

Over the span of four days at the Winter Meetings, public perception of the Mets underwent a complete metamorphosis. Gone was the team that spent most of the early winter serving as daily tabloid fodder, replaced by a sleeker version with a clear and concise message: The Mets are trying to win.


12/12/2013 | Nats check one item off their list at Winter Meetings

The Nationals didn't have a lot to do at the Winter Meetings this week. They needed to improve their bullpen and bench, even after agreeing to terms with outfielder Nate McLouth on a two-year deal last week. They were successful in upgrading their bullpen by trading for left-hander Jerry Blevins from the Athletics on Wednesday.


12/12/2013 | Rockies happy with moves made at Meetings

The Rockies left the Winter Meetings on Thursday close to having accomplished two of their three biggest priorities.


12/12/2013 | Braves announce Minor League coaching staffs

The Braves have announced their full Minor League coaching staffs for 2014, which includes the return of five managers and the addition of a few members to the staff.


12/12/2013 | First baseman ranks high on Rays' agenda

Making progress toward the desired end characterized the Rays' time spent during this year's Winter Meetings at the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort.


12/12/2013 | As Meetings end, bullpen help remains priority

The Padres talked all week about improving their bullpen, explaining their need for at least one left-hander and someone who can pitch in the late innings to set up closer Huston Street. With the Winter Meetings over, they still have the same goals in mind.


12/12/2013 | Bucs reportedly re-sign Barmes for one year

The Pirates have reportedly re-signed veteran shortstop Clint Barmes to a one-year deal.


12/12/2013 | Tigers, Chamberlain agree to terms on one-year deal

The Tigers found the veteran bullpen arm they were seeking in Joba Chamberlain. The two sides agreed on a one-year deal on Thursday.


12/12/2013 | A's stay busy right through Winter Meetings

He arrived late and left early, but Billy Beane's stay at the Winter Meetings was nonetheless productive. The A's general manager made two more trades, all in two days' work.


12/12/2013 | Rangers in good shape after Winter Meetings

The Rangers arrived at the Winter Meetings having already done most of their heavy lifting. So even though general manager Jon Daniels didn't make another move this week, he feels his club is already positioned nicely for 2014.


12/12/2013 | Marlins active at Meetings, but still have work to do

From the moment the Marlins arrived at the Winter Meetings, they made it clear they were not on a working vacation at Disney World. The mission was to be active, make changes and continue to remold a squad that endured 100 losses.


12/12/2013 | White Sox happy with work accomplished at Meetings

General manager Rick Hahn said that the White Sox felt good about what they accomplished during this week's Winter Meetings, and he had every reason to feel upbeat.


12/12/2013 | Cherington stays in background at Winter Meetings

Unlike in recent years, when the Red Sox have been at the forefront of Winter Meetings activity, general manager Ben Cherington stayed in the background this time, sizing up what opportunities could evolve for him later in the offseason.


12/12/2013 | Dodgers wrap up Winter Meetings with work to do

The Dodgers left the Winter Meetings on Thursday without making a major acquisition, just like last year. So they still will acquire a starting infielder, at least two relievers and a utility man.


12/12/2013 | Meetings help Tigers accomplish offseason retooling

The Detroit Tigers, who began their offseason retooling process before the Winter Meetings, used baseball's annual gathering to complete their offseason shopping.


12/12/2013 | Price will eventually be right to deal Rays' ace

Although teams are more reluctant than ever before to part with their top prospects, the Rays will eventually get the blue chippers they covet in a deal for ace David Price.




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