The NL West has been one of the most active divisions in baseball this offseason, with the Arizona Diamondbacks, San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers making moves. The San Diego Padres and Colorado Rockies have also been active, but not quite to the extent of other teams.
Players like Zack Greinke, Shelby Miller, Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija have been added to the division, while Craig Kimbrel was moved in a trade with the Red Sox. The Dodgers have not spent big on free agents, but the team has made some moves, including adding prospects in a deal with the White Sox and Reds. Here is a look at the division:
December has been a big month for the Arizona Diamondbacks, as the team has brought in Zack Greinke on a $206 million contract and also traded for Shelby Miller. The Diamondbacks are looking to win now and they have made a major impact this offseason and many see them as the "winners" of winter. The team signed Greinke away from the Dodgers after a historic season and they also added Miller, who was a prime trade target for numerous teams. The D-Backs had to give up former number one overall pick Dansby Swanson in the Miller deal, but the team felt it was worth it to add more talent around Paul Goldschmidt and AJ Pollock.
San Francisco Giants
The Giants reportedly were interested in the outfielders on the free agent market, but it has been all pitching so far for San Francisco. The team added Jeff Samardzija and Johnny Cueto on free agent deals and now those two join Matt Cain, Madison Bumgarner and Jake Peavy in the starting rotation. The team was interested in Greinke, but they settled for Cueto and now have a very deep rotation going into next season. Keeping Cueto away from the rival Dodgers also helped.
The Dodgers have not been as active as many fans would have hoped, but the team could be gearing up for some trades. The team did not retain Zack Greinke and did not sign Johnny Cueto, but the Dodgers added back Chase Utley and scored some prospects in a three-team deal. The team traded es Dodgers traded Jose Peraza, Scott Schebler and Brandon Dixon to the Cincinnati Reds. and got back Micah Johnson, Frankie Montas and Trayce Thompson, who many consider "better" prospects than the ones they traded.
The Rockies have made some minor moves, adding Mark Reynolds, Jason Motte and Chad Qualls and there is a chance the team could make trades. Players like Carlos Gonzalez, Corey Dickerson and Charlie Blackmon are reportedly available and could be moved this offseason.
San Diego Padres
The Padres had a down season last year after making a number of big deals and now the team could continue trying to make moves. The team is taking offers on Tyson Ross and has made James Shields available as well. The team added John Jay in a deal for Jedd Gyorko with the Cardinals and also acquired Drew Pomeranz and Jose Torres from the A's. The biggest move for the team was trading Craig Kimbrel to the Red Sox for prospects and the team also moved Joaquin Benoit to the Mariners.