Dodgers acquire and extend Glasnow
The Dodgers added a new pitcher to their rotation Dec. 14, completing a trade for Tyler Glasnow with the Tampa Bay Rays. In exchange for Glasnow, the Rays received outfielder Jonny Deluca and pitcher Ryan Pepiot. The Dodgers also received outfielder Manuel Margot in the deal.
The deal was contingent on Glasnow signing an extension with the Dodgers, and the next day, the two sides came to terms on a five-year, $135 million deal.
Michael Wacha heading to Kansas City
The Royals wanted to boost their rotation this offseason, and on Dec. 15, they reportedly landed their second starting pitcher of the winter. According to ESPN's Jeff Passan, right-hander Michael Wacha has agreed to a two-year, $32 million deal with Kansas City.
Wacha, 32, was 14-4 with 124 strikeouts in 134.1 innings pitched in 24 appearances with the San Diego Padres last season. He'll join Seth Lugo as the new faces of the Royals' rotation. They were the No. 17 and 18 free agents on Zach Crizer's top-25 free agents list.
Dodgers introduce Shohei Ohtani at media conference
Shohei Ohtani made his first appearance in a Dodgers jersey on Dec. 14, when the team formally introduced him at a media conference at Dodger Stadium.
In addition to the formalities, those in attendance learned that Ohtani's dog's American name is Decoy and that Dodgers ownership told the two-way star that they considered the past decade a failure.
Not much was revealed about the procedure Ohtani had on his elbow, except that it was different than the standard Tommy John surgery.
Tigers reportedly adding Flaherty on 1-year deal
ESPN's Jeff Passan reported Dec. 14 that former Cardinals starter Jack Flaherty is headed to the Detroit Tigers on a one-year deal worth $14 million. The 28-year-old will attempt to rebuild his reputation and return to the free-agent market next winter. He was the No. 25 free agent on Crizer's list.
Giants sign Korean OF Jung Hoo Lee to 6-year deal
The San Francisco Giants signed South Korean outfielder Jung Hoo Lee to a six-year, $113 million deal on Dec. 14. The contract reportedly includes an opt-out after four years. Lee, who becomes the latest KBO star to make the move to MLB, was ranked No. 10 on Crizer's list.
Ohtani ends his free agency with Instagram post
The biggest fish in this year's free-agency has found his new pond. Per his Instagram announcement Dec. 9, two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani is joining the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The deal is for 10 years and $700 million, a record-breaking contract across all major professional sports.
The deal contains massive deferrals that include the majority of Ohtani's salary — $680 million, to be exact — at the player's request. Ohtani can also reportedly opt out of the contract if certain members of Dodgers leadership leave the organization.
Yankees add Soto in 7-player swap
The biggest and arguably only major splash of this year's winter meetings happened late Dec. 6, with the Yankees completing a trade to acquire Juan Soto from the Padres.
In return for Soto, the Padres received Michael King, Drew Thorpe, Jhony Brito, Randy Vásquez and Kyle Higashioka. The Yankees also acquired outfielder Trent Grisham in the swap.