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Today's Rule 5 Draft caps busy Winter Meetings

Big names on the move yesterday included Neil Walker, Brett Lawrie and Asdrubal Cabrera

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Indians seeking outfield help at Meetings | indians.com - During a sit-down with reporters on Wednesday at the Winter Meetings, Indians manager Terry Francona made it clear that his club still has a lot of work left to do in order to improve the roster.

Indians value starting pitching at Meetings | indians.com - Whether it is through mammoth free-agent contracts or jaw-dropping trade packages, know that the Indians are keeping a watchful eye on just how valuable arms are perceived on the market.

Indians checking on Todd Frazier at Meetings | indians.com

Terry Francona: Cleveland Indians' goal is to boost offense 'without sacrificing the pitching or defense' | cleveland.com -"We have to try to score more runs," Francona said, "but if we do it at the risk of giving up more runs, it's almost a wash. So we don't want to do that. We're trying to balance both, and that's hard."

Murata to remain with Indians | The Japan Times - Right-hander Toru Murata has agreed to re-sign a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians, an informed source said Tuesday.

From big leagues to big screen: Former MLB star Kenny Lofton is now a movie producer | FOX Sports - Life after baseball can be challenging and even sometimes cruel for many former athletes. But for Kenny Lofton, the end of his baseball career meant that he could pursue his true passion -- film and television.

Happy Rule 5 day!

Rule 5 Draft preview from Jim Callis | MLB.com - The Rule 5 Draft won't generate as many headlines as the Ben Zobrist free-agent signing or the Shelby Miller-Dansby Swanson trade, but it will be the final order of business at the Winter Meetings today.

Phillies Expected To Take Goeddel First In Rule 5 Draft - BaseballAmerica.com - Multiple sources expect the Phillies to take Rays outfielder Tyler Goeddel No. 1 in today's Rule 5 draft.

Two names of interest in the Rule 5 Draft - Minor League Ball - Jake Cave and Balbino Fuenmayor are two names to keep an eye on in Thursday's Rule 5 Draft.

Around the Horn

White Sox acquire Brett Lawrie from A's | MLB.com -Shortly after the White Sox finalized the acquisition of Brett Lawrie, general manager Rick Hahn had a chance to talk with his new infielder. "He was excited," said Hahn, speaking in his Winter Meetings suite at the Opryland Hotel late Wednesday night. "And he dropped the word 'beauty' on me, which is a true Canadian hockey term."

Mets trade for second baseman Neil Walker | MLB.com - On Tuesday, after watching Zobrist choose a four-year, $56 million offer from the Cubs, the Mets touched base with the Pirates regarding Walker for the first time. Midday on Wednesday, talks caught fire. By sunset, Mets executives were laughing in their hotel suite, debating their favorite ice cream flavors, while Walker was on a conference call discussing his thrill "to be in Met blue."

Mets have 2-year deal with Asdrubal Cabrera | MLB.com - The team agreed to terms on Wednesday on a two-year, $18.5 million deal with a third-year club option for infielder Asdrubal Cabrera, according to a person with knowledge of the contract.

Mariners Accept the Flaws of Adam Lind, Evan Scribner | FanGraphs Baseball - Jerry Dipoto has a tough job with the M's.

Arizona Diamondbacks know they will face criticism for Shelby Miller trade, but they don't care ... winning now trumps worrying about complaints later | FOX Sports - Stewart, La Russa & Co. march to their own beat, all in name of building contender now.

The Screwball: Comedy is in the (Baseball) Cards 5 – The Hardball Times -More  humorous baseball cards from the past.