The Diamondbacks will not consider a Zack Greinke trade until July 2017

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Earlier today Ken Rosenthal reported that the Dodgers approached the Diamondbacks about trading for Zack Greinke. That went no place. I suggested that, even if they were going to trade Greinke, they should wait until the offseason when there are more teams who might want to get involved.

Apparently, though, they aren’t even giving it a thought:

There are sillier ideas. The Dbacks were without A.J. Pollack until this past week due to an injury and hopefully they’ll have him all year. They still have Paul Goldschmidt. Shelby Miller can’t be worse. The system is something of a mess but there is talent at the big league level. Unlike 2016, there’s a decent chance not EVERYTHING will go wrong next year, so make someone bowl you over.

Dodgers sign OF Jason Heyward to minor league deal

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers signed outfielder Jason Heyward to a minor league deal and invited him to spring training.

The 33-year-old was released by the Chicago Cubs earlier this offseason.

Heyward, who was injured at times last season, put up the worst offensive numbers of his career, batting .204 and with 10 RBIs and one home run in 137 plate appearances. However, he’s a valuable defender in the outfield.

The deal reunites Heyward with first baseman Freddie Freeman. They came up through the Atlanta Braves system and have remained friends ever since.

Heyward was a leader in the Cubs’ clubhouse, helping them win the 2016 World Series.