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Snake Bytes 12/6: If No Deals are Made, Do the Meetings Really Matter?

These things just aren’t nearly what they used to be.

Diamondbacks News

Diamondbacks Zooming Ahead with New Expectations
The business of the 2023 season is done. The Diamondbacks are now beginning the process of improving on their recent World Series run with an even better 2024.

Starting Pitching Market Creating Complications for Arizona
Every winter, there are plenty of teams looking to bolster pitching. This year, Arizona is among those teams. The problem is, the number of quality pitchers in this year’s market is abysmally low and the Diamondbacks aren’t the sort to play in the deepest and riskiest of waters.

This is good news!

The Diamondbacks and Today’s Rule 5 Draft
It looks to be a quiet day for Arizona with regard to the Rule 5 draft.

Other Baseball News

Guardians Win MLB Draft Lottery
The travesty that is the MLB Draft Lottery was held yesterday. Despite having only a 2% chance of winning the lottery, the Guardians came away with the top pick, followed by their cross-state siblings, the Cincinnati Reds, who secured the second pick. Arizona will pick 29th and 31st.

JAWS and the 2024 HoF Ballot: Bobby Abreu
Abreu is one of the most borderline cases I can remember, but I likely put him in.

Yankees Acquire Alex Verdugo
The Red Sox and Yankees engaged in a rare pairing for a trade, with the Red Sox sending the centerpiece of the Mookie Betts trade to the Yankees.

Pirates Acquire Marco Gonzales
The veteran left-hander now knows what his final offseason destination is going to be. The Braves forwarded recently acquired Gonzales to the Pirates in exchange for a player to be named later or cash.