It was a heck of a busy Winter Meetings session, making it hard to keep track of all the moving parts. Now that the festivities are over, let's try to sort out the big happenings:
Tribe-related news & notes
Tribe hopes first move a pre-cursor to more | Indians.com - The Indians kicked off the frenzy with their Monday signing of Brandon Moss, and GM Chris Antonetti isn't done yet. He'd still like to add some pitching depth, but he's also pretty happy with the shape the team is in now. There's also a handy sidebar in this article recapping every transaction that went down on Thursday.
Indians consider Anderson an option to improve rotation | Cleveland.com - Brett Anderson may be part of the pitching depth Antonetti seeks. A power lefty would be a nice get for a righty-dominated rotation, but Anderson is a big dude and has had more than his fair share of injuries.
Moss reunion creates boon, challenge for Francona | Indians.com - Terry Francona managed a young Brandon Moss when he came up with the Red Sox. Now, the reunited pair presents an intriguing puzzle to be solved. Where does Tito plug a potentially-injured, no defense slugger into a lineup that's already got one of those guys?
Finding a role for Swisher | Did The Tribe Win Last Night? - Speaking of potentially-injured, no defense sluggers, Nick Swisher seems essentially obsolete now that we've got Moss. DTTWLN's Laurel Wilder think Swish-bro could find a role as the new Jason Giambi, but I'm skeptical.
Indians claim Delvi Francisco in Rule 5 | Cleveland.com- Francisco won't light the world on fire, but he throws hard. Hey, why not.
Winter Meetings recap | Indians Baseball Insider - Nice, in-depth recap of the Indians' moves and strategy and accomplishments during the Winter Meetings.
Winter Meetings fallout from around MLB
Red Sox add Masterson on one-year contract | Hardball Talk - Justin Masteron returns to his roots on what seems like a pretty reasonable contract. I'd say I'm rooting for him, but I'm not.
Twins sign Ervin Santana | Twitter (Jeff Passan) - Four years, $54 million, the largest FA contract in Twins history. What in the blue hell are they thinking?
The all-Winter Meetings team | Sports On Earth - How would all the moving parts stack up as a team? Encouraging stuff for Tribe fans here.
Andrew Friedman makes his mark | Sports On Earth - The new Dodgers GM wasted no time making his presence known in Chavez Ravine and across MLB. After a crazy Winter Meetings spree, he may still not be done.
The Kemp trade feels like the Vernon Wells trade | Fangraphs - I really wish we could have worked out a deal for Matt Kemp, but I doubt we could have topped the Padres' weirdly aggressive pursuit. And for what? Fangraphs thinks they're still gonna suck.
Matt Latos' wife followed trade rumors on Twitter | CBS Sports - A reminder that atheletes have families, and those families are real people.