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Snake Bytes 11/12: The Stove is Getting Hot

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The GM meetings are wrapping up at the Biltmore Phoenix, two former Diamondbacks have received major awards, the Red Sox and Yankees continue to print money, and the Japan Series is underway.

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Quick Quotes

"I've tried to make it as clear as I can publicly that all of our players have been asked about," Stewart said. "I've not shopped any of our players. All of our players have been asked about. That's the best way I can put it."

-Dave Stewart

"I love Maeda," Stewart said. "I love him. We have a lot of video and film and we have people who have seen him. We think that he's got a chance to be very successful in Major League Baseball. We're going to try to be in on the market when he does post, if he does post."

-Dave Stewart

"We'd like to best utilize him in a way that we can get the most out of him. We're going to have to have more discussions with our training staff, and I'd like to ask some people externally about what they think of his condition and how we can best utilize him without hurting him."

-Dave Stewart on Daniel Hudson returning to the rotation

Diamondback Digest

Dave Stewart Checks in from GM Meetings

New Diamondbacks GM, Dave Stewart, gives an update on who is being looked at and what names might or might not be part of the Diamondback's future.

Diamondbacks, Hudson Facing Unknown Future

The Diamondbacks have a glut of hard-throwing right-handed relievers they can turn to, what they don't have is a hard-throwing right-hander with a somewhat proven track-record in their rotation. Enter Daniel Hudson. Hudson has made no secret about his desire to return to the rotation, and he might just be the best shot the Diamondbacks have at obtaining an arm that slots as a #2/3 starter rather than a #3/4 or even 4/5 starter.

Diamondbacks Continue Mulling Montero Trade

He's the longest-tenured player on the team and still one of the better backstops in the game, but Montero is due $40 million over the next three years.

Around MLB

Williams, Showalter Named Managers of the Year

Two former Diamondbacks have won the 2014 Manager of the Year Award. Former manager, Buck Showalter won his third after leading the Baltimore Orioles to the AL East crown, and former third baseman and coach, Matt Williams, won his first for how he directed the cross-town Nationals to the NL East title in his first year as a manager.

Coverage:

Boston "All-in" on Sandoval

With free agency underway and the Winter Meetings preparing to wrap up, Boston is taking an aggressive approach to solidify the hot corner.

The New Role of the Dominant Pitcher

Tom Verducci looks at what might be a change in the trend for the use of dominant starting pitching, and what it might mean for the future of pitchers like Shields and others going into free agency over the next few years.

Why Operating Budgets Still Matter

According to Yankees GM Brian Cashman, the team may be saddled with Alex Rodriguez, but the aging slugger is still going to have to earn his playing time as the team continues to look for alternatives to start at third base. When a team claims it can spend $500 million and still break even, these sorts of absurdities happen.

CY Young Winners to be Announced

Clayton Kershaw is likely to be a unanimous winner in the NL, while there are three strong candidates in the AL. Winners will be announced tonight at 6 p.m. ET.

Japan Series

Maeda Making His Case

The Angels' Matt Shoemaker was outdueled by Hiroshima Carp ace Kenta Maeda in Game 1 of the Japan Series. In 5 innings, the Japanese ace allowed no runs on 2 hits and 2 walks, while striking out 2.

Defense Shining in Japan Series - for Both Teams

Both teams flashed some leather in Game 1, providing some fun highlights.