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With Josh Donaldson now a Twin, does that make a Bryant trade more or less likely?

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[ NBC Sports Chicago] Diamondbacks emerge as another potential suitor in Kris Bryant trade talks | - [The price] likely starts with Arizona's 24-year-old pitcher Zac Gallen who sported a 2.81 ERA and 10.8 K/9 in his first big-league season last year (15 starts). From there, the Cubs would probably also ask for one or two players from the top of the prospect group (Martin, Robinson, Seth Beer, Alek Thomas, etc.). Bryant and the Cubs avoided arbitration by reaching an agreement for an $18.6 million deal last week, but his service time grievance still isn't settled. Once that gets finalized (which is expected to result in two more years of team control before Bryant hits free agency), the Cubs can potentially pull the trigger on their most tradeable asset.

[FanGraphs] Angels Acquire Andriese From Arizona - Beasley likely won’t pitch in Phoenix in 2020, unless things go much more poorly for the Diamondbacks than they hope, or much better for Beasley, but the change of organization will give him an opportunity to re-set his career and find a path to the major leagues early in 2021 or 2022. Andriese, meanwhile, will take a run at the rotation and then likely settle into a relief role for the remainder of his two years under contract with Anaheim. This is a fine trade for both teams — not that exciting, honestly, but just fine for the first week of January, 2020.

MLB pitcher Jorge de la Rosa has sold his Scottsdale home for $1.85 million. - Former Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Jorge de la Rosa has sold his Scottsdale home in the upscale Arcadia neighborhood for $1.85 million. The 6,612-square-foot modern home with four-bedrooms, five bathrooms, a cool pool and an exercise room also has a rooftop patio with great views of Camelback Mountain. “The sale was a very smooth cash transaction, and Jorge and his wife were two of the nicest sellers,” Hassett said. A couple from California bought the house.

[MLB Trade Rumors] Diamondbacks Sign Travis Snider To Minor League Deal - Now 31 years old, Snider was the No. 14 pick in the 2006 draft and was ranked among the game’s top 10 overall prospects by Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus heading into the 2009 season. However, despite some encouraging results in partial seasons — often in a platoon role — Snider has amassed just a .244/.311/.399 slash on the whole in 1971 MLB plate appearances. He’ll return to the Aces for a second season after posting a huge .294/.402/.497 slash with 11 homers, 22 doubles, four triples and a gaudy 15.2 percent walk rate through 368 plate appearances in 2019.

[KTAR] Multibillion dollar entertainment, sports district planned near Scottsdale - The development will be called Akimel 7 and is planned to be built on the northwest and northeast blocks at the Loop 101 and 202 exchange, and will extend north along the east side of Loop 101, totaling 500 acres. “Our sports district is not just a district around a [sports] stadium. It’s much broader in its reach,” Solanna Group CEO David Fordon said. “We’re looking at facilities in sports medicine, injury rehab, facilities for athlete fitness and performance, other sports: Field sports, lacrosse, rugby, field hockey, polo, cricket, the court sports like volleyball and tennis.

[Going by the “artist’s impression” image, below, Phoenix Rising FC seems to be the most likely tenant. The piece later notes, “Phoenix Rising FC has been the licensee to [Casino Arizona Field] since 2017 and will continue to play there through the 2020 season. However, the team’s future home site after this season has yet to be announced.”

The Solanna Group

[Fansided] Arizona Diamondbacks: Understanding who's running my team - Going forward, there is every reason to believe that Hall has the full confidence of Kendrick. Hazen’s status under Hall is another issue. As GM, he has yet to deliver a positive short-term impact on the Arizona Diamondbacks fortunes. That plus Hall’s history of running through GMs every few years suggests that 2020 is a pivotal time for Hazen, now entering his fourth season. If he is still the general manager one year from now, he will break the record for a Derrick Hall hire.

And finally, former D-back Steven Souza did a Twitter Q+A

TrashCanGate and elsewhere...

[SI] Why MLB punished Astros, AJ Hinch and Jeff Luhnow in historic way - But the question of harshness is hard to answer without another foundational question: What did MLB want to do here? If that sounds self-evident—"punish the Astros”—it is and it isn’t, if only because there are different kinds of punishment, different theories of its purpose, even different ways to define the Astros. (The players, for instance, could be in some of those definitions; Manfred explicitly cut them out.) Any measurement of harshness here is a vector rather than a line; direction is crucial. “Punish the Astros” where, to what end?

[ESPN] MLB players, execs on sign-stealing scandal -- Astros' tarnished rep, what they knew and more - ESPN spoke to more than 15 executives, coaches, scouts and players about key topics surrounding the Astros' cheating scandal -- from the stiffness of the penalties to the perceptions of wrongdoing to potential ways to prevent it. Opinions were provided under the condition of anonymity because MLB asked its personnel not to comment.

[LA Times] L.A. City Council to vote on asking MLB to award Dodgers championship trophies - Councilman Gil Cedillo, one of the sponsors of the resolution, said he expects the council to approve it. “This is an equity and justice thing,” Cedillo said. “Who was the best team in 2017? Who was the best team in 2018? It was the Dodgers. They got beat by teams that were cheating. Do they need to be told that they shouldn’t have a title?” [LOLOLOLOL. We appear to have reached Peak California, folks!]

[ESPN] 3B Josh Donaldson agrees to 4-year, $92M deal with Twins - Third baseman Josh Donaldson has agreed to a four-year deal with the Minnesota Twins. It will pay him $84 million over the first four years and includes a $16 million club option with an $8 million buyout. In total, the deal includes $92 million in guaranteed money, with a chance to increase to $104 million in value if Donaldson hits escalators on the option.