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Big-name OFs on move in series of deals

A string of trades since Draft Day have several high profiles headed to new homes:

Adam Jones was moved for the second time this offseason, heading from Boston to Las Vegas along with Didi Gregorius for relief pitcher Carson Smith and a package of draft picks.

Louisville picked up George Springer from London, also getting Pedro Alvarez while parting with Julio Urias, Beau Burrows and Bryan Morris.

Boston then dealt a package of six players and two draft picks to Twin City to acquire Starling Marte, Rusney Castillo and aging starter Bartolo Colon.

Then Tijuana joined the mix by snaring Adam Eaton along with Jake Peavy by shipping pitcher Alex Wood and three picks – including two first-rounders – to Flagstaff.


Louisville lands Arrieta in 8-player megadeal

The Louisville Long Rifles acquired a new pitcher for the top of their rotation, landing Jake Arrieta in an eight-player deal with Las Vegas.

Arrieta went 15-9 with a 3.06 ERA last season with the Gamblers, and he appears primed for an even better season in 2016. He joins a Louisville staff that posted a 4.92 ERA and was led in victories by Tyler Matzek‘s five.

In return, Las Vegas landed pitchers Nathan Eovaldi, Wade Miley, Aaron Sanchez, Sean Newcomb and infielder Wilmer Flores. The Gamblers also received seven draft picks, including the No. 3 choice in the upcoming draft and two No. 1 selections next year.

Louisville also gets Jesus Montero and Danny Santana in the exchange.

Peralta torched for 17 as Outlawz roll

Louisville starting pitcher Wily Peralta had the roughest of starts, surrendering 17 earned runs in 4 1/3 innings in a 20-7 loss to Compton.

The Outlawz jumped out to a 5-0 lead before the Long Rifles tied it in the bottom of the third. Compton answered with 11 two-out runs off Peralta in the top of the fourth. Jason Werth’s tiebreaking RBI single and capped it with a three-run double, with a Wilson Ramos grand slam mixed in between.

Louisville stuck with Peralta to start the fifth and Kyle Seager launched a leadoff solo homer. After a ground out, Peralta plunked Mike Napoli to end his day as Nate Eovaldi entered.



Athletes, Wildcats strengthen rotations

A little over a week after adding an important rotation piece from Louisville, the Oakland Athletes did it again with a major deal to acquire Zack Greinke.

Oakland packaged first-round picks in each of the next three drafts and a player to be named later along with lefty Brett Anderson and prospect Braden Shipley to land Greinke and Mike Morin. Odrisamer Despaigne
Japanese teenage phenom fireballer Shohei Otani is the PTBNL.

Greinke moves to the front of a rotation ahead of Dallas Keuchel and fellow newly former Long Rifle Phil Hughes.

The blockbuster move easily trumped an earlier Sunday trade that saw Vancouver add Odrisamer Despaigne in a five-player deal with Boston.

The Wildcats sent former Cleveland 15-game winner Trevor Cahill, infielder Alex Guerrero and prospect first baseman Max Muncy to the Braves for Despaigne, minor leaguer Kaleb Cowart and a sixth-round pick.

Despaigne slots into the middle of a deep Vancouver rotation with Chris Sale, Edinson Volquez, Kyle Lohse, Wei-Yin Chen and Hiroki Kuroda.

Gio, Jansen movin’ on to Memphis

Kenley Jansen

The Memphis Melee made a major move to bolster their chances of contending for the Confederate Division title, picking up starter Gio Gonzalez and closer Kenley Jansen.

The trade with division rival Louisville cost Memphis first-round picks in each of the next two drafts and prospects Adrian Rondon and Aristides Aquino. The Melee also acquired minor league shortstop Jake Gatewood and a third-round pick next year.

Gonzalez helps fill out a Melee rotation that includes Johnny Cueto, Scott Kazmir and first-rounder Jacob deGrom. Jansen enhances a bullpen that already boasts Aroldis Chapman and David Robertson.

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