It was a good time for left-hander Brett Anderson to get a fresh start -- one he received Tuesday, when the Rockies acquired him and cash consideration from the Athletics for left-handed pitcher Drew Pomeranz and right-handed Minor League pitcher Chris Jensen.
Whatever transaction the Cubs make won't be "significant" in terms of a huge contract or headline-grabbing All-Star players, but it will be another step in the team's effort to build a healthy organization. While Cubs fans are eager for some news from the Winter Meetings, Theo Epstein and Co. are trying to stay patient with their plan.
The D-backs may not come away from these Winter Meetings with a starting pitcher after all. One day after sounding confident that he would acquire a front-line starter, D-backs GM Kevin Towers on Wednesday sounded less optimistic of doing so before he heads back to the desert Thursday afternoon.
The Dodgers have solved the awful problem of what to do with Matt Kemp. Turns out, based on what they told agent Dave Stewart on Wednesday, they're going to keep him. This is bad, bad news ... at least to the other teams in the National League West, if not the NL as a whole.
Bruce Bochy could be approaching the end of the quest that began forming in his mind more than a decade ago. The Giants manager will join other Major League skippers and GMs to discuss altering rules to prevent catchers from absorbing head-on collisions.