NASHVILLE – After a quiet day, transactions lighted up the night at the winter meetings on Tuesday.
Infielder Starlin Castro was dealt from the Cubs to the Yankees. He was expendable when the Cubs signed Ben Zobrist to a four-year, $56 million deal to be reunited with Joe Maddon, his old manager from Tampa Bay. Word is that Zobrist turned down $20 million a year from the Mets to go to the Windy City.
And starter Shelby Miller was dealt from Atlanta to Arizona for a package that included this year’s first overall pick, shortstop Dansby Swanson.
The Twins continue to look for relief help. But General Manager Terry Ryan acknowledged that there’s a good chance he will not bring back free-agent pitchers Blaine Boyer and Brian Duensing.
For Duensing, it ends a 10-year run with the organization that drafted him in the third round in 2005.
“We know what he’s done for us,” Ryan said of Duensing, “not only on the field but in the community and being the type of guy that represents our organization, which he did well. I have a lot of respect for him and I also have a lot of pride in what he did accomplish.”