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Blockbuster in works at winter meetings as hot stove gets more active

By December 5, 2012

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With the free agent market being met with a collective yawn, Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com is reporting that several trades are being discussed in Nashville, Tenn., this week at the winter meetings, including a four-team of the blockbuster variety.

Two young All-Stars are avaliable -- the Arizona Diamondbacks are shopping outfielder Justin Upton and the Cleveland Indians are shopping shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera -- and they're both involved in a rumored four-team deal that would also involve the Texas Rangers and Tampa Bay Rays.

Writes Rosenthal:

"The Rangers want Upton. The Diamondbacks want a shortstop. The Indians want to turn expensive veterans such as Cabrera into younger pieces and the Rays want to trade a pitcher for a hitter."

That's not to say free agency is dead. The Rangers are also still active, wanting to re-sign Josh Hamilton or perhaps the No. 2 free agent on the market, pitcher Zack Greinke. The Dodgers also appear to be a finalist on Greinke.

Shane Victorino is joining Mike Napoli as a new member of the Boston Red Sox, the Giants kept sparkplug Marco Scutaro and the Nationals boosted their already solid starting rotation with Dan Haren, which in my book is the most interesting deal of the day at one year and $13 million.

The Nationals' rotation: Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, Dan Haren, Jordan Zimmermann and Ross Detwiler. Essentially it's Haren replacing Jackson, and that's at least a minor upgrade for a team that had the best record in the NL.

"World Series or bust," manager Davey Johnson said to the Washington Post. "That's probably the slogan this year. But I'm comfortable with that."


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