MLB Offseason: Top 20 Transactions Thus Far

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Intro

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There is no other offseason quite like the baseball offseason. No other sport has a media swirling event like the Winter Meetings and no other sport has the insane rumors that baseball can carry and that is why the best offseason is the MLB offseason.

This offseason was insane and it even got hectic before the meetings in Nashville even got started. We saw the Toronto Blue Jays and Miami Marlins make incredible swaps as well as the Detroit Tigers picking up some much needed help in the outfield.

Also, the San Francisco Giants lost Brian Wilson in favor of Sergio Romo as well as keeping much of their 2012 World Series winning team. The Giants will have to be favorites again this year to win it all.

The usual suspect New York Yankees did not make any crazy moves as they try to find the fountain of youth somewhere in the Bronx. The Yankees will have a lot of competition as the Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Rays and the Blue Jays both made serious moves to make each team serious contenders in the American League East.

The Los Angeles Dodgers also made a splash bolstering their pitching rotation.

In this slideshow you will go through the top 20 moves of the offseason so far. There are still many rumblings of big trades that could still happen. However, there is one thing we do know and that is the 2013 season will be even better than the 2012 season.

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20). Boston Red Sox Sign Mike Napoli

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The Boston Red Sox upgraded its catching spot with the signing of Mike Napoli but since Napoli failed his physical the deal remains incomplete. Still, it was a big acquisition for the revamped Red Sox.

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19). Miami Marlins Do Not Trade Giancarlo Stanton

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The Marlins traded all of its team away but the best trade was one they did not make. Giancarlo Stanton is still on the team and that is a very, very good thing for the Marlins.

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18). Boston Red Sox Sign Shane Victorino

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Giving an extra boost in the outfield the Red Sox signed Shane Victorino. This will be Victorino's first time playing in the American League.

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17). San Francisco Giants Re-Sign Angel Pagan

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Part of the San Francisco Giants' successes came from Angel Pagan and the defending World Champs were able to re-sign him.

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16). Cody Ross Heads To Arizona

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It was a surprise that the Red Sox went with Jonny Gomes over Cody Ross in the outfield but Ross eventually found a home with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ross got a multi-year deal and could ignite this team.

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15). Marco Scutaro Re-Signs With San Francisco

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Another spark plug for the Giants was Marco Scutaro and the team was able to re-sign him as well. Another big-time acquisition for the World Series champs.

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14). David Ortiz Re-Signs With Boston Red Sox

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The first thing the Red Sox had to do was re-sign David Ortiz and they got that accomplished fast. Ortiz will re-join the Red Sox for some 2013 madness.

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13). New York Yankees Sign Kevin Youkilis

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The New York Yankees did not do much and any other year, signing a veteran wouldn't be huge. However, with Alex Rodriguez out til possibly June, Kevin Youkilis joining the team was a big sign.

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12). Boston Red Sox Add Ryan Dempster

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The Red Sox had another big signing and that was picking up Ryan Dempster. Hopefully, Dempster could reignite this rotation for Boston.

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11). Washington Nationals Add Pitching Depth

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The Washington Nationals rotation is now even more dangerous with the signing of Dan Haren. The Nats and Haren agreed to a one-year deal and will be the fourth best pitcher in this Nats' rotation.

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10). Pittsburgh Pirates Sign Russell Martin

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Russell Martin broke free from the evil empire and will join his former battery mate A.J. Burnett in Pittsburgh. Martin could be the piece the Pirates need to make the playoffs this season.

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9). Cleveland Indians Sign Nick Swisher

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Nick Swisher signed with the Cleveland Indians this offseason and hopes that he will not get booed there either. Swisher is likely to have a better season since he's not under a big spotlight.

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8). Detroit Tigers Sign Torii Hunter

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One of the first big signings of the offseason came in Detroit when the Tigers signed Torii Hunter to bolster their outfield.

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7). Blue Jays Acquire R.A. Dickey

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The New York Mets were not able to come to an agreement with R.A. Dickey so they traded him to the Toronto Blue Jays and signed a two-year extension. The NL Cy Young will head a tough Jays' rotation.

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6). Detroit Tigers sign Anibal Sanchez

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It looked like Anibal Sanchez was going to sign with the Chicago Cubs but the Tigers got the last lick at him and Sanchez ended up back with Detroit. The Tigers will have an even more dangerous team than its American League winning team last year.

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5). LA Angels Sign Josh Hamilton

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The Angles made an even bigger splash this offseason signing Josh Hamilton. Hamilton now joins a lineup with Mike Trout and Albert Pujols and will definitely be dangerous.

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4). Tampa Bay Rays Acquire Wil Myers

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The Tampa Bay Rays and Kansas City Royals made a huge trade. The Royals sent Wil Myers, Mike Montgomery, Jake Odorizzi and Patrick Leonard for Wade Davis and James Shields. Both teams got much needed help while the Rays are hoarding prospects once again.

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3). B.J. Upton Signs With Atlanta Braves

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B.J. Upton left Tampa Bay in order to go to the National League East with Atlanta Braves. Upton is the upgrade over Michael Bourn, who the Braves did not sign.

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2). Zack Greinke Joins LA Dodgers

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The Los Angeles Dodgers payroll skyrocketed last year but now its reached universal proportions. The Dodgers gave Zack Greinke a mega deal and will increase the amount of superstars that are present on this Dodgers team.

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1). Toronto Acquires SS Jose Reyes Among Others

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The top deal of the offseason was the super-deluxe-mega trade between the Marlins and the Blue Jays with the Jays acquiring Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson, John Buck and Emilio Bonifacio for Yunel Escobar and a package of prospects. The Jays are now a serious contender in the American League East.

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