For every potentially excellent signing or trade, the winter meetings can provide moves that leave fans, media and executives around the game very confused.
While it's easy to see the merit in the Mets inking Bartolo Colon to a two-year deal and the Tigers taking a flier on Joba Chamberlain—as reported by ESPN the Magazine's Buster Olney—other trades, signings and Rule 5 selections have left something to be desired.
No move in December can be properly evaluated until the bats and balls arrive and spring training begins around the sport. Even then, it could take years for some of these deals to merit winners or losers.
Yet in the moment, some head-scratching moves have commenced. As the sport wraps up an exciting and hectic week in Orlando, Florida, here are the moves that been the most puzzling.
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