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Snakebytes 12/8: Winter Meetings Start Today

The hot stove is still burning as a trade of Ethier for Montero falls through but Winter Meetings are just getting started.

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Diamondback News

Source: Dodgers' trade of Ethier to D-backs falls through

Andre Ethier a Diamondback? Miguel Montero a Dodger?

The teams recently discussed a trade involving those players, but the deal collapsed when the D-Backs’ ownership declined to give final approval, according to major-league sources.

Diamondbacks ownership reportedly nixed a Miguel Montero-for-Andre Ethier trade

The Dodgers would have sent Ethier, catcher Tim Federowicz, and money to Arizona for Montero and multiple lower-level prospects. But the majority owner of the Diamondbacks, Ken Kendrick, ruled against the trade because he likes Montero and was not comfortable trading him within the National League West.

MLB RUMORS: New York Yankees Face Competition for David Robertson; Will Arizona Diamondbacks Move Catcher Miguel Montero?

Aside from the Dodgers, the Chicago Cubs have expressed interest in Montero, but talks haven't gotten serious. The 31-year-old catcher is owed $40 million over the next three seasons and the Cubs certainly have the financial flexibility to take on his contract. With plentiful prospects, it's possible a trade happens, but it's unknown what the D-Backs would want in return from Chicago.

MLB Trade Rumors: Miguel Montero Likely Trade Target During Winter Meetings

A few weeks ago Fox Sports and MLB insider Ken Rosenthal indicated that the Arizona Cardinals (Editors Note: bwahahahaha) may be willing to trade franchise catcher Miguel Montero during the offseason.  Montero is due to make $40 million over the next three seasons and could be moved to free up room in the budget.

The Diamondbacks have no plans to trade Mark Trumbo

Once deal is done, Diamondbacks will give Yasmany Tomas a chance at third base

Didi Gregorius "can be a little mentally fragile"

(Oh no he di-n't)

Which MLB Teams Are On The Rise?

Obviously there are still many moves that will be made in the off season between now and opening day 2015.  With that said, you can get a sense of which teams are looking to step it up a notch and head into the 2015 in a better place than they were a year ago.  Here now are those teams where the outlook is looking brighter.

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