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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL WINTER MEETINGS REPORT: DISBELIEF REMAINS REGARDING ADAM EATON TRADE

By Michael Wong

National Harbor, MD.--Disbelief is the word that has been bandied about the lobby here as it begins to sink in that the Washington Nationals really traded their number 1 and number 3 prospects Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez and third prospect for just decent but not great outfielder Adam Eaton.  More than one person here has brought up the disastrous Arizona Diamondbacks deal last winter where they moved a big package highlighted by Dansby Swanson to the Atlanta Braves for the overrated Shelby Miller.  Yes that kind of bad.  It is almost inconceivable to many that the Nationals would trade this kind of package for Eaton who is no one's definition of an impact player and the ridicule has come from all corners including Jim Duquette, Steve Phillps, and others publicly.  What makes this even more strange is that the Nats wouldn't deal Giolito and Victor Robles for Chris Sale a day earlier.  Head scratching stuff indeed but the Nats clearly are the butt of all jokes here.

-Speaking of the Nats, they seem prepared to offer closer Aroldis Chapman a deal that is very close or maybe even above $100 million.  The New York Yankees and Miami Marlins have each offered Chapman and Kenley Jansen five-year deals for less than that sum but somewhere near $90 million.  Meanwhile the Los Angeles Dodgers remain in the hunt as well.  Two of these teams will be left out in the cold and then have to resort to a Koji Uehara or a Brad Ziegler.

-The Texas Rangers remain somewhat interested in Edwin Encarnacion but only on a one-year deal.  These have been a disastrous winter meetings for Encarnacion who has not seen anything great materialize for him.  The Cleveland Indians and Toronto Blue Jays remain involved but no one seems to be coming close to his asking price.

-The fact the Pittsburgh Pirates are now talking about moving Andrew McCutchen to a corner outfield spot speaks volumes about how trade talk had died down.  The only team still involved right now are the Rangers.  The Rangers don't have the money to make a big free agent signing but a trade they can do on a guy with a short-term deal like McCutchen has.


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