The National League West has never been afraid to reinvent itself, and it has done it again this winter, although maybe not with the cachet of seasons past.
San Franciscos 1993 stealth signing of free agent Barry Bonds who knew the draw of his fathers favorite stop would be such a selling point? changed the course of the division for more than a decade. Free agent Larry Walkers addition in 1995 helped Colorado become the fastest expansion team to the playoffs, until the Diamondbacks after adding free agents Randy Johnson, Steve Finley and others made it even more quickly in 1999.
Trades have been part of the makeover. Kevin Brown, acquired in Floridas post-World Series sell-off in the winter of 1997, got San Diego to its only World Series the next year, when closer Trevor Hoffman another acquisition from the Marlins a few years earlier put together a Cy Young-worthy season. Some still say he was robbed.
Curt Schilling, acquired in a seven-player trade from Philadelphia in 2...