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Discover: Three for Thursday

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1. Winter Meetings in home stretch. Day 3 of Winter Meetings saw the Phillies trade Ken Giles to Houston for prospects, and MLB.com’s Richard Justice writes in his Justice4U blog that the hard-throwing closer is exactly what the Astros need. Just Mets says the deal that saw the Mets get their second baseman in Neil Walker from the Pirates in exchange for Jon Niese makes a lot of sense for both clubs. From the Corner of Edgar & Dave welcomes new Mariner Adam Lind to Seattle, while Unlocking the Keys looks at what the Orioles organization is looking to do this winter. Indians beat writer Jordan Bastian checked in with an update from Music City and Baseball with Matt revisits a blockbuster Winter Meetings deal from the past.

2. The Rule 5 Draft. Thursday morning brought the Rule 5 Draft, and Sons of ’84 has a good primer on this important event. Britt’s Bird Watch reports on the Orioles’ selection of Joey Rickard, while Mariners Musings discusses the relief arm the Mariners added. The Royals saw three prospects taken in the draft, and Drinking the Royals Blue Aid looks at the one who got away.

3. Seasons’ greetings. Braves Give explains how the team’s staff members are helping keep holiday spirit alive in Braves Country. The Brewers and Meijer teamed up to spread cheer to underprivileged kids, and Cait Covers the Bases has a photo gallery. If you’re still looking for a great gift for the baseball fan in your life, Beck’s Blog has the low-down on TigerFest tickets going on sale and TribeVibe shares the latest specials from the Progressive Field Team Shop.

Discover: Three for Thursday

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1. Awards Season rolls on. The Unbiased MLB Fan looks at the tough Cy Young decisions that went the way of Dallas Keuchel and Jake Arrieta. Cubs Vine Line Blog paid tribute to their ace, who became the fifth Cubs pitcher to win the award. Carrie Muskat compiled some of the reactions to the announcement, while The Bears and Their Cubs is loving the Cubs’ sweep of Rookie of the Year, Manager of the Year and the Cy Young Award in the NL. Dodger Insider highlights the outstanding seasons by Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw, who came up just short in the voting. In the AL, Tblaze Sports Report lays out the case for why the voters went with Keuchel.

2. Hot Stove. Sons of ’84 processes the Tigers’ trade for Francisco Rodriguez, and MLB.com beat writer Jason Beck explains how new GM Al Avila’s search for a new closer landed him K-Rod. Call to the Bullpen hopes this move works out better than the Tigers’ previous ones involving closers. A View from the Bench notes that players who parlay big stolen base numbers into big free agent deals often see a decline in those numbers. GENY Mets wonders if we’ve seen the last of Ruben Tejada in a Mets uniform, as A blog (mainly) about Dutch baseball doesn’t expect to see the Yankees spend big this winter, as they focus on homegrown talent.

3. Staffing decisions. The Dodgers reportedly are nearing a decision on their new manager, and It’s Always A Good Dre in L.A. can’t wait to see who the next skipper is. MLB.com Angels beat writer Alden Gonzalez updates the holdovers and the changes on the Angels’ coaching staff and in their front office. From the Corner of Edgar & Dave unveils a face familiar to baseball fans as the organization’s new AAA hitting coach, and Dodger Insider profiles award-winning minor league coach John Shoemaker.

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