The Cubs won the Ben Zobrist (pictured) sweepstakes, landing a guy who can play all over the infield (and outfield) and who sports a shiny new World Series ring. Zobrist, reunited with manager Joe Maddon, likely will spend most of his time at second base after the Cubs dealt Starlin Castro to the Yankees in exchange for pitcher Adam Warren. In a lesser move, Chicago re-upped with reliever Trevor Cahill.
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Winners: Arizona Diamondbacks
There is no question that the Diamondbacks paid a hefty price to acquire right-hander Shelby Miller (pictured) from the Braves, but they already had paid a hefty price to sign free-agent righthander Zack Greinke. Arizona is going all-in and arguably could be considered the NL West favorite because of its new additions and in-their-prime stars like Paul Goldschmidt and A.J. Pollock.
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Winners: New York Mets
The NL champs made a trade with the Pirates to shore up their second-base needs (Neil Walker, pictured), dealing from their rotation depth (Jon Niese) to do so. They reportedly are making progress to re-sign Bartolo Colon, who could serve in a swingman role. In a somewhat overlooked move, New York also beefed up its infield depth -- a wise move considering Wilmer Flores’ injury situation and David Wright’s need for more rest -- with its reported two-year deal with Asdrubal Cabrera. That said, the Mets still need an outfiedler.
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Winners: Atlanta Braves
There will be no immediate dividends after shipping out Shelby Miller, but the future looks much brighter than it did before the Winter Meetings. The haul Atlanta received -- Ender Inciarte, Dansby Swanson (pictured), Aaron Blair -- for Miller has been universally praised. The team continues to stockpile highly touted young talent as its looks toward 2017 (or perhaps 2018). And it has yet to trade Freddie Freeman, so that also qualifies as a win.
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Winners: Houston Astros
The Astros were on the prowl for a closer, and they have a deal in place to acquire hard-throwing Ken Giles (pictured) from the Phillies. Not only is he affordable, he is under team control through the 2020 season. And Houston didn’t stop there when it came to its bullpen, as it also struck a deal to bring back setup man Tony Sipp.
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Losers: St. Louis Cardinals
After missing out on starters David Price, John Lackey and Jeff Samardzija (and possibly Mike Leake), the Cardinals have yet to address their rotation needs. There are few No 1./No. 2 types remaining on the free-agent and trade markets, so there is some urgency. In addition, it appears quite possible that free agent Jason Heyward (pictured) will sign elsewhere, creating an outfield void.
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Losers: Baltimore Orioles
They earn points for re-signing (although perhaps overpaying) reliever Darren O’Day, but a couple of other issues remain in flux. The Orioles reportedly are making a big push to bring back first baseman Chris Davis (pictured), though they could be missing out on other potential offensive options in the process. In addition, Baltimore needs to land at least one solid starting pitcher.
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Losers: Los Angeles Angels
It’s fair for Angels fans to wonder whether the team’s front-office execs actually traveled to Nashville this week. Los Angeles was mentioned as a suitor for second baseman Neil Walker, who ultimately was dealt to the Mets. It added outfield depth by signing Craig Gentry and can use newly acquired Yunel Escobar at third base. But the Angels still need a big outfield bat to help out Albert Pujols (left) and Mike Trout (right) and a starting pitcher. Of course, they added shortstop Andrelton Simmons in November, so they get some slack.
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Losers: San Francisco Giants
Although they added right-hander Jeff Samardzija just before the Winter Meetings, the hope was that the Giants would sign another starting pitcher. That hasn’t happened. Plus, the even-year wonders still need an offensive-minded outfielder -- the good news there is that there are plenty still available. One look at San Francisco’s trophy case reminds us that the organization probably deserves the benefit of the doubt in early December.
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Losers: Aroldis Chapman, Cincinnati Reds, Los Angeles Dodgers
The blockbuster that looked like a done deal on the first day of the Winter Meetings quickly got ugly. Because of the domestic violence allegations aimed at Chapman, there are far bigger concerns than baseball. But the scuttled deal leaves the Reds and Dodgers in limbo, with Los Angeles still in need of bullpen help and perhaps needing to mend its relationship with current stopper Kenley Jansen.