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Snake Bytes: 1/30 - Big Changes in NL West

A pair of star players are leaving the NL West, one by trade, the other via free agency

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Diamondbacks News

Slimmed-Down Escobar Ready for Spring Training

Eduardo Escobar has been posting plenty of workout photos and videos during this offseason. The result of his hard work is that the Arizona third baseman has dropped significant weight and is excited for spring training to begin so he can get back to work with this new physique.

Diamondbacks Claim Humberto Castellanos

The Diamondbacks have added another potential bullpen arm by claiming right-hander, Humberto Castellanos from the Houston Astros.

Four Diamondbacks Crack The Athletic’s Top-100 Prospects

The familiar four names, Corbin Carroll, Alek Thomas, Kristian Robinson, and Geraldo Perdomo have all made their way onto The Athletic’s list of top-100 prospects.

Other Baseball News

Nolan Arenado Headed to Cardinals

Long-time Colorado franchise cornerstone, Nolan Arenado is headed to the St. Louis Cardinals in a major trade. The Rockies will send $50 million to the Cardinals to help offset some of Arenado’s massive remaining salary. Additionally, Arenado has been granted an extra year on his contract at $15 million for agreeing to a one-time waiving of his full no-trade clause. Arenado also retains his opt-outs after 2021 and 2022. While the Cardinals will be adding Arenado to an infield with Goldy on the other corner, the Rockies will be accepting three mid-tier prospects in return. The move helps give the Arizona faithful some real hope that there is at least one team in the division dead-set on finishing at the bottom, helping improve where the Diamondbacks finish the season in the standings.

Joc Pederson Signs with Cubs

Righty-killing slugger, Joc Pederson, will not be returning to the outfield for the Dodgers. Instead, the postseason star will be taking his talents to the north side of Chicago on a very modest one-year deal worth a reported $7 million.

Daniel Murphy Retires

Three-time all-star and former NLCS MVP, Daniel Murphy is calling it quits after a distinguished 12-year career.