Top of the Order: December 9th – Day Two of the Winter Meetings

Here’s the morning rundown on the biggest news items from around Major League Baseball for Wednesday, December 9th:

  • The Arizona Diamondbacks made another big splash on Wednesday when they agreed to acquire Shelby Miller from the Atlanta Braves in return for outfielder Ender Inciarte, shortstop Dansby Swanson, and finally pitcher Aaron Blair.
  • In other trade news, the Chicago Cubs agreed to send second baseman Starlin Castro to the New York Yankees for pitcher Adam Warren and infielder Brendan Ryan (who is a player to be named later).
  • In other Cubs news, the Cubs agreed to a four-year deal worth $56 million with second baseman Ben Zobrist, as first reported by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.
  • In other Chicago news, the Chicago White Sox are reportedly close to acquiring third baseman Brett Lawrie from the Oakland Athletics, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.
  • Former Chicago White sox catcher Tyler Flowers has agreed to a two-year contract worth $5.3 million with the Atlanta Braves, according to multiple reports.
  • In several other stories, the Baltimore Orioles have reportedly offered Chris Davis a contract in the $150 million range, the Mariners, Diamondbacks and Nationals are all attempting to sign Shawn Kelley, and finally the Angels have shown varying degrees of interest in Yoenis Cespedes, Justin Upton and Jason Heyward.
  • Finally, the Seattle Mariners and Milwaukee Brewers are close to a deal that would send first baseman Adam Lind to the Mariners.

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