Who's ready to bet big on Bryce Harper or Manny Machado? Which teams are looking to wheel and deal? We tell you what might go down in the desert.
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With every team likely looking to make moves in Las Vegas, here's a forecast of big trades, salary swaps and high-impact signings for each of them.
Right-hander Merrill Kelly is joining his hometown Arizona Diamondbacks, agreeing to a $5.5 million, two-year contract after spending the past four years pitching in South Korea.
A swap of 2016 World Series stars? Madison Bumgarner in Dodger blue? We play Let's Make A Deal, Las Vegas-style with moves we'd make if we were calling the shots at the winter meetings.
Before Wednesday's trade headlined by Paul Goldschmidt, the Arizona Diamondbacks and St. Louis Cardinals were relatively even on paper.
First baseman Paul Goldschmidt, a six-time All-Star who hit 209 home runs during his eight seasons with Arizona, is headed to St. Louis as part of a multiplayer trade.
The MVP-caliber hitter could provide St. Louis with the power it wanted to help end a three-year postseason drought.
Arizona added two players who should contribute in 2019, a solid prospect and a key draft pick in a trade that makes sense for both sides.
Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer
Luke Weaver was one of my biggest busts among 2018 picks, but the move to Arizona does improve his rebound prospects. The team should be more patient with him as a regular member of the rotation — less competition for spots — and he'll have a stronger infield defense behind him.
Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer
Something to keep in mind with Paul Goldschmidt's trade: Arizona's Chase Field had only the 11th-highest runs scored park factor, and the 20th-highest home runs factor, last season. The ballpark change isn't nearly as dramatic as it might've been pre-humidor.
Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer
Paul Goldschmidt has played basically a full season against the Dodgers. He's a .302/.376/.551 hitter in 562 career plate appearances against them, with 31 home runs and 98 RBIs. Now, with Goldschmidt reportedly going from the D-backs to the Cardinals, Dodgers will see him 12 fewer times in 2019.
Between free agents and potential trades, the premium pitchers teams might pursue this offseason offer big benefits -- and a few risks.
The Diamondbacks did not offer a 2019 contract to RHP Shelby Miller, who was limited to 29 games in three seasons due to injuries. Reliever Brad Boxberger and utility player Chris Owings also were let go.
While this winter's crop searches for new homes, we look ahead to the big decisions that loom for some of the game's top stars -- Nolan Arenado, Chris Sale, Paul Goldschmidt and Gerrit Cole among them.
The Arizona Diamondbacks have hired Darnell Coles as hitting coach and Eric Hinske as assistant hitting coach.
Some rival evaluators think Arizona is intent on dealing franchise icon Paul Goldschmidt this offseason. Who would be their most likely trade partners?
Your favorite team probably isn't going to get Bryce Harper or Manny Machado. But another move -- maybe for a top pitcher -- could make all the difference this winter.
The Diamondbacks have been contenders, but they're among the clubs who might want to shake things up by shopping stars like Paul Goldschmidt.
Want to make a hot-stove splash? Start with these bold trades and free-agent additions.
For teams looking to make a high-impact addition, a winter swap could land some MVP-caliber performers.
Will franchise faces Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado be traded? How will the Dodgers get back to the World Series? We size up the NL West.
Cincinnati outfielder Scott Schebler and Texas pitcher Matt Bush just missed the cutoff for salary arbitration eligibility, while Chicago Cubs pitcher Carl Edwards Jr. and Toronto pitcher Joe Biagini earned the final spots.
Bryce? Manny? Both? ... Or steer clear. We examine how every team in baseball should approach a historic pair of free agents.
From Manny Machado's defense to Patrick Corbin's lack of a track record, there's reason to think long and hard before giving even the top free agents big bucks.
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