The third day of the 2015 MLB Winter Meetings was one that was full of trades, and free agent signings. Here is a recap of everything that happened in Nashville.
Pittsburgh Pirates deal Neil Walker to New York Mets
One of the biggest deals that happened was the one that sent second baseman Neil Walker to the New York Mets in exchange for pitcher Jon Niese. This move gives the Mets a second baseman, after they lost the bidding war for Ben Zobrist and lost Daniel Murphy to free agency. The deal was a shock to Pirates fans, as Walker was not only a fan favorite but was also the son of former Pirate Tom Walker, who was a teammate of the late Roberto Clemente.
Houston strengthens their pitching staff, acquire Ken Giles
The Houston Astros, fresh off an appearance in the American League Division Series, made a move to strengthen their pitching staff, as they acquired Ken Giles from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for pitchers Vince Velasquez, Brett Oberholtzer and outfielder Derek Fisher. There are also reports that there may be a fourth player involved in the deal. Giles was forced into the closer role after the Phillies traded Jonathan Papelbon at the trade deadline, and did fairly well, as he collected 15 saves in the final two months of the season. Velasquez, who is the main player going to Philadelphia, made seven starts for Houston, while also making 12 relief appearances. In his rookie season he posted a 4.37 ERA.
Asdrubal Cabrera signs two-year deal with New York Mets
The Mets weren't done making moves as they signed veteran shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera to a two-year deal worth $18.5 million. This wasn't long after they acquired Neil Walker from the Pirates to be their second baseman. New York has several options up the middle now, as they add Cabrera to the mix with Walker, Wilmer Flores, Ruben Tejada and Dilson Herrera.
Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees make a trade
The Detroit Tigers and the New York Yankees made a trade on Wednesday that sent reliever Justin Wilson to Detroit in exchange for two pitching prospects. Wilson is the third relief pitcher that the Tigers have added this season, after finishing in last place in the AL Central in 2015. He will have to go through arbitration, but that is estimated to cost Detroit only $1.3 million. Last season, Wilson appeared in 74 games, posting a 3.10 ERA in 61 innings. He is the third left hander that the Tigers have in their bullpen. In exchange, Detroit sent right-handed pitchers Luis Cessa and Chad Green to the Yankees. Cessa was acquired by the Tigers at the trade deadline as part of the deal that sent Yoenis Cespedes to the New York Mets.
Other notable news
John Axford signs with Oakland
The Oakland Athletics signed right-handed reliever John Axford to a two-year contract which will earn him $10 million, with $4 million in performance based incentives. Axford joins a bullpen that has been rebuilt, as the A's have signed three relievers in the last few weeks.
Seattle and Oakland make a trade
The Seattle Mariners acquired right-handed pitcher Evan Scribner from the Athletics in exchange for right-handed pitcher Trey Cochran-Gill. Last season was rough for Scribner, as he missed the final month of the season with a muscle strain. He will compete for a spot on the opening day roster.
Adam Lind traded to Seattle
The Mariners were fairly busy on Wednesday, as they also acquired veteran first baseman Adam Lind from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for three minor league relievers. Lind was acquired by the Brewers last November, when he was traded from Toronto in exchange for Marco Estrada. He will make $8 million next season after the Brewers picked up his team option.
Atlanta Braves bring back Emilio Bonifacio
The Braves signed utility man Emilio Bonifacio to a one-year deal worth $1.25 million, and potentially another $1.25 million with incentives. This is the second go-around with the Braves, as he was traded there at the 2014 trade deadline. Bonifacio struggled with the Chicago White Sox last season and is looking to bounce back with a familiar team.
Darwin Barney avoids arbitration, re-signs with Toronto
The Toronto Blue Jays, who have been fairly quiet so far this offseason, reached an agreement with infielder Darwin Barney that will see Barney get paid an unknown amount. The deal is complete pending a physical. The Blue Jays acquired Barney in September in a trade that sent veteran catcher Jack Murphy to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Barney appeared in just 16 games for Toronto, collecting seven hits in 23 at-bats. He also hit two home runs. He elected free agency after the Blue Jays optioned him to their Triple-A affiliate. He is known for his defense, as he won a Gold Glove at second base in 2012. He also had a streak of 141 games without committing an error, which tied the all-time record held by Placido Polanco.