Busy Meetings end, but D-backs to remain active

Busy Meetings end, but D-backs to remain active

SAN DIEGO -- The D-backs left the Winter Meetings feeling good about what they have accomplished so far this offseason, but also with the knowledge that more work needs to be done.

"I think that we've done a pretty good job overall in what we've tried to accomplish," D-backs general manager Dave Stewart said. "But you guys know the end result will be once we see what happens once we start play. We've set ourselves up for the future as well. 2015 is coming, but in the future, 2016 and 2017 moving forward, we've got control of the guys that we've drafted and we've got control of the guys that we've traded for. I think we've added in the areas that we needed to, which is starting pitching depth."

The D-backs had already been active before the Meetings, acquiring pitchers Jeremy Hellickson and Robbie Ray, while also agreeing to terms with free-agent outfielder Yasmany Tomas.

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At the Meetings, they continued to build their pitching depth with an eye toward the future.

Deals done
The D-backs officially announced the signing of Tomas to a six-year, $68.5 million contract. They traded catcher Miguel Montero to the Cubs in exchange for pitching prospects Jeferson Mejia and Zack Godley.

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Rule 5 Draft activity
With the No. 1 overall pick, the D-backs selected catcher Oscar Hernandez out of the Rays' organization.

"I think it's going to be interesting to see in Spring Training where he really is," senior vice president of baseball operations De Jon Watson said of Hernandez, who has never played above Class A. "You just really don't know how they're going to stand up when they get into this arena, especially with Major League pitchers who are going to be around the plate even more so than the guys at the lower-A level."

The D-backs selected Tim Crabbe of the Reds in the Triple-A portion of the Draft.

Goals accomplished
The D-backs got the financial flexibility they sought by getting rid of the $40 million owed to Montero over the next three years. They apparently have laid the groundwork for a deal with the Red Sox involving Wade Miley, although Stewart says the two teams are still working out the final details. Arizona also added catching depth in the Rule 5 Draft.

Unfinished business
The D-backs still must finalize their deal with the Red Sox involving Miley and young pitchers Rubby De La Rosa and Allen Webster. The Montero deal left a hole at catcher, so the team still needs to acquire a catcher, because it seems unlikely that Hernandez will be able to make the jump to the big leagues.

Team's bottom line
"Overall, we accomplished a lot." -- Stewart

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.