6.) Arizona Diamondbacks
The Diamondbacks made their big splash last Friday, before the Winter Meetings even started. They signed Zack Greinke for $206.5 million McDoubles. Who saw that coming? It kind of seemed like Jon Heyman and Ken Rosenthal’s Twitter accounts had been hacked as they reported the news.
The Diamondbacks just wrapped up the first year of their $1.5 billion TV deal and are now putting the money to work. The team already has one of the best offenses in the National League with just as much young talent as the Cubs. After trading for Greinke, Arizona stayed aggressive, and was able to pull off a trade for Shelby Miller without giving up A.J. Pollock. The price was still high, but Ender Inciarte might be more of a solid all-around player than an All-Star. It’s also still too early to tell if Dansby Swanson will be a superstar.
Arizona needed to address the holes in their starting rotation this winter, and they’ve already exceeded even the wildest expectations. To put a cherry on top, Mike Leake appears ready to sign on as well. Leake is a local product and attended Arizona State University.