How the Arizona Diamondbacks got Zack Greinke

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Ken Rosenthal has a good story about how the Arizona Diamondbacks signed Zack Greinke.

And no, it’s not “by offering him the most money.” That part we knew already. Rosenthal’s article is the tick-tock of how the Diamondabcks brass came to the decision to make Greinke an offer and how, less than six hours after the idea was first given voice, Greinke had agreed to a deal.

It’s a good article in its own right but it’s made better by the fact that we simply don’t get a ton of “how deals come together” stories most offseason. And often when we do, they’re more about the various offers between teams not about what was actually going on on the ground, who was where, etc. This one takes us right inside the Dbacks front office. And, with only cameos from their number one and number two baseball operations folks — Tony La Russa and Dave Stewart — it’s clear how, when the deals get really big, it’s maybe even more of a business decision than a baseball decision.

Also: there is a Bernard Gilkey shoutout. Which is always welcome.

Orioles option LHP Bruce Zimmermann to minors

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SARASOTA, Fla. – The Baltimore Orioles have optioned left-handers Bruce Zimmermann and Nick Vespi and reassigned infielder Lewin Díaz, left-hander Darwinzon Hernandez and catcher Mark Kolozsvary to minor league camp.

The Orioles announced the moves Monday.

Baltimore’s spring training roster now has 46 players.

Zimmermann made 13 starts last season. He went 2-5 with a 5.99 ERA.

The competition for rotation spots with the Orioles has been a significant story during spring training, but after the team acquired Cole Irvin and Kyle Gibson in the offseason – and with top prospect Grayson Rodriguez in the mix as well – there were a lot of pitchers Zimmermann needed to beat out.