NASHVILLE Kevin Towers may have started a trend when he united Oakland and Florida in the three-team trade Oct. 20 that brought Heath Bell to the Diamondbacks, got cash relief for the Marlins and sent Chris Young to the As.
Multi is the new normal.
How many trade balls are in the air?
Right now? Towers said late Tuesday afternoon.
Probably more than I have hands. But I have a pretty good feel for it. Some are more likely than others.
The ball that drew most of the attention and most of the Twitter play on the third day of the winter meetings was a four-team deal said to involve the Diamondbacks, Cleveland, Tampa Bay and Texas. The D-backs would lose Justin Upton and a pitching prospect and acquire Cleveland shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera as the major piece, according to reports. The Rangers would acquire Upton and Tampa Bay right-hander James Shields, with the Indians and Rays getting younger players and payroll relief. Cleveland has inquired about Trevor Bauer and Tyler Skaggs, ...