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Snake Bytes 12/13: Winter Meetings come to an end

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The Winter Meetings were quiet for the Diamondbacks but were busy for Scott Boras clients

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MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks at Pittsburgh Pirates Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

(Azcentral.com) Analysis: Arizona Diamondbacks don’t feel pressure to win at all costs

On the day they arrived, the Diamondbacks signed free-agent reliever Junior Guerra to a modest contract. It turned out to be their only transaction of the week, though General Manager Mike Hazen said it wasn’t a week filled with disappointments.

(The Athletic) Rosenthal and Stark: What’s next after the winter meetings? It’s now trading season

“It may not quite be true that every big-name free agent signed at (or before) these winter meetings. But 19 of Jim Bowden’s top 35 free agents are already off the board with nearly two weeks left before Christmas. Only Madison Bumgarner, Marcell Ozuna, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Josh Donaldson, Nicholas Castellanos and Dallas Keuchel remain from Bowden’s top 15. And it’s expected that at least half of that group could sign in the next week.”

At the end of this article, there is an interesting tidbit about how the Diamondbacks are expected by those around the league to trade Robbie Ray this offseason. Might be shaping up to be one of the more interesting story lines remaining.

(Bleacher Report) MLB Rule 5 Draft 2019 Results: Team-by-Team Breakdown

A full list of all players taken in the Rule 5 draft. As Jim wrote yesterday, nothing either lost or gained for Arizona this time around

(CBS Sports) How the Winter Meetings regained their shine with a week of ‘fast and furious’ record-breaking deals

Don't get me wrong. I don’t hate Scott Boras like some. In fact I think he is very good at what he is paid to do. However, the fact that he decided not to let the free agent market percolate, like water dripping through pine needles in a virgin forest, or whatever ridiculous metaphor he would use, helped things a lot.

(ESPN) Winter meetings takeaways from the San Diego spending spree

Alternative Title: Yankees resume being ESPNs favorite team

(CBS Sports) Winter Meetings winners and losers: Boras makes himself, his clients richer; Dodgers, Rangers come up short

A little more spread out break down of the Winter Meetings