The 3 Biggest Winners and Losers from the MLB Winter Meetings

Joel ReuterFeatured ColumnistDecember 7, 2012

The 3 Biggest Winners and Losers from the MLB Winter Meetings

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    This year's winter meetings wrapped up on Thursday, capping off what was one of the quietest winter meetings in recent memory.

    While there were no blockbuster deals, and the big three of Josh Hamilton, Zack Greinke and Michael Bourn all remain unsigned, that does not mean that the four-day stretch was without its significance.

    Here is a look at the three biggest winners and losers of this year's winter meetings, as we look back at what happened this past week in Nashville.

Loser: Vance Worley

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    The Phillies found their center fielder at the meetings as they dealt a pair of pitchers to the Twins for Ben Revere, whose speed and superior defense should be a major asset to Philadelphia.

    Going the other way in the deal was Vance Worley and prospect Trevor May. Worley, though he'll likely be the ace of the Twins' staff, goes from a solid situation in Philadelphia where the team is expected to contend, to one of the worst teams in the league in Minnesota. 

    Under team control though 2017, Worley will have to hope the Twins can turn things around quickly or he's stuck in a tough situation.

Winner: Marco Scutaro and Angel Pagan

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    Coming off of their championship run, it was clear from the get-go that the Giants were going to do what it took to bring back center fielder Angel Pagan and second baseman Marco Scutaro, and they re-upped with both earlier in the week.

    Pagan, who hit .288 and had a career-high .778 OPS hitting out of the leadoff spot, posted a 4.0 WAR this past season and, despite lacking a track record of sustained success, the Giants brought him back on a four-year, $40 million deal.

    Scutaro, who is 37, made a splash after coming over from the Rockies at the deadline as he batted .362 and had a 2.1 WAR in 61 games with the Giants before turning in a dominant postseason as well. He signed a three-year, $20 million deal to stay with the team.

    Both guys were key members of the title team, and bringing them back certainly helps the team's chances of returning to the World Series, but it's not out of line to say that the Giants overpaid for both. That's the benefit of being a key cog on a title team.

Losers: Cleveland Indians

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    The Indians were expected to be as busy as anyone at the meetings, as they are starting a major roster overhaul and have a number of veterans who could fetch a solid return in Asdrubal Cabrera, Shin-Soo Choo, Justin Masterson, Ubaldo Jimenez and Chris Perez.

    Instead, they traded none of them and, while the offseason is far from over, their inability to sell thus far certainly doesn't help the franchise long term.

    There may be no more valuable trade chip in baseball right now than Cabrera, and one has to imagine they at least laid the groundwork for some trades centering on him.

Winners: Boston Red Sox

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    Sure they spent some of the money they unloaded on the Dodgers last August, and maybe they overpaid a bit for the guys they signed, but the Red Sox managed to significantly improve their offense and avoid getting bogged down by any long-term deals.

    Mike Napoli was signed to a three-year, $39 million deal and will serve as the team's primary first baseman. His average has fluctuated greatly over the past few seasons, but he has consistently been one of the top power-hitting catchers in baseball.

    Those numbers will be watered down a bit by a move to first base, but he is a proven commodity nonetheless and should enjoy hitting in Boston.

    Shane Victorino was the team's other big signing, and he also inked a three-year, $39 million deal after coming off of a down year with the Phillies and Dodgers.

    Still just 32, he's a prime candidate to bounce back to his dynamic form and signing him allows the team to explore the trade market for Jacoby Ellsbury if they opt to bring back Cody Ross as well.

Loser: Los Angeles Dodgers

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    Not too long ago, the Dodgers were viewed as the "clear favorite" to sign the market's top pitcher, Zack Greinke, according to a tweet from Jon Morosi of Fox Sports.

    However, not only did a deal not get done at the meetings, but it appears that the Rangers are now the favorites to sign the right-hander as the Dodgers are considering pulling out of the Greinke sweepstakes, according to a tweet from Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

    There are certainly other options for the Dodgers to pursue as they search for an impact starter to slot behind Clayton Kershaw in the rotation, but there's no doubt they lost at the meetings.

Winners: Los Angeles Angels

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    The Angels realized quickly they were likely out of the running for Zack Greinke, as it has become a two-horse race between the Rangers and Dodgers for his services.

    With the money they had been willing to spend on Greinke, they've added a trio of arms to help shore up both the rotation and the bullpen and they didn't spend much at all to do it.

    Tommy Hanson was acquired from the Braves for reliever Jordan Walden to be the third starter just before the meetings, while Joe Blanton was signed to a two-year, $15 million deal to be the fourth starter. Hanson is first-time arbitration eligible this offseason.

    The team also signed left-handed setup man Sean Burnett to a two-year, $8 million deal and he joins closer Ryan Madson in what is a new-look Angels bullpen.

    It's not the prize arm they wanted, but the Angels were very proactive after losing out on Greinke and their staff looks to be in good shape as a result.