MLBTR’s original content from Winter Meetings week:
- In a fascinating discussion between a former major league reliever and a current one, MLBTR contributor Burke Badenhop spoke with Tyler Thornburg after the Brewers traded him to the Red Sox on Tuesday. Badenhop, who also pitched for those two teams, was teammates with Thornburg in Milwaukee in 2013.
- With Aroldis Chapman and Mark Melancon off the board, Jason Martinez broke down the remaining free agent closers and those who could be on the trading block. He also highlighted which teams could still be in the market for a ninth-inning solution.
- Charlie Wilmoth polled readers on which big-money free agent signing that happened during the meetings will work out the best. The choices: Chapman (Yankees; five years, $86MM), Dexter Fowler (Cardinals; five years, $82.5MM), Ian Desmond (Rockies; five years, $70MM) and Melancon (Giants; four years, $62MM).