Ten Big Losers from the Winter Meetings

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1. The Los Angeles Dodgers

Given the players they didn’t sign/acquire, the Dodgers have to be seen as one of the biggest losers of the Winter Meetings. After watching as Zack Greinke agreed to a new six-year contract with the division-rival Arizona Diamondbacks, the Dodgers were expected to be busy at the Winter Meetings. Even prior to the departure of Greinke, the Dodgers knew that finding pitching upgrades was a top priority. The Dodgers were no doubt busy at the Winter Meetings, but they came away with no real solutions, only more questions.

In response to the loss of Zack Greinke, the Dodgers signed right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma away from the Seattle Mariners. While the Iwakuma signing was a good move for the Dodgers, it isn’t quite enough to replace the pitcher they lost in Zack Greinke. As a potential consolation prize, the Dodgers also had some discussions with the Atlanta Braves about Shelby Miller. No deal was worked out and, to add further insult, the Arizona Diamondbacks ended up acquiring Shelby Miller to slot behind Zack Greinke. Not only did the Dodgers not do much to improve their own situation, aside from re-signing Chase Utley, but they also watched as their division rivals got a lot better. The Dodgers no longer look like the favorite in the National League West anymore.

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