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MLB busy at winter meetings

– The winter meetings got busy Tuesday with a three-team trade that sent slugger Mark Trumbo to Arizona, and Oakland dealt pitcher Brett Anderson to Colorado.

The Chicago White Sox acquired outfielder Adam Eaton from Arizona for left-hander Hector Santiago, and the Diamondbacks then sent Santiago and left-hander Tyler Skaggs to the Angels for Trumbo. Arizona also will receive a player to be named or cash from each of the other teams.

“It’s nice when you’re able to have three clubs up here all feeling good about things,” White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said.

Arizona GM Kevin Towers was interested in another of Hahn’s players: pitcher Chris Sale. But Chicago doesn’t appear interested in dealing the 24-year-old left-hander.

“We would have talked about Mr. Sale,” Towers said. “I imagine we might have been doing something directly. But I still can’t get him to budge there.”

Oakland, the two-time defending AL West champion, received lefty Drew Pomeranz and minor league right-hander Chris Jensen from the Rockies for Anderson. The A’s also included cash to cover part of the salary of the left-hander, who is due $8 million next season.

“Peyton Manning and I are going to become best friends...fact,” Anderson tweeted, a reference to the Denver quarterback.

Oakland GM Billy Beane has made four trades in a nine-day span, also acquiring closer Jim Johnson from Baltimore, reliever Luke Gregerson from San Diego and outfielder Craig Gentry from Texas.

Some bigger names were being shopped, with Tampa Bay discussing offers for 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner David Price and the Los Angeles Dodgers listening to those interested in outfielder Matt Kemp.

Among free agents, Detroit closed in on an agreement with outfielder Rajai Davis for a two-year contract worth $9 million to $10 million, a person familiar with the negotiations said. The person spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press because an agreement had not been completed.

It remained unclear whether Japanese star pitcher Masahiro Tanaka will be made available to Major League Baseball teams. A day after finalizing his contract with the New York Mets, outfielder Curtis Granderson injected some playfully provocative words into New York’s baseball rivalry. A direct Bronx-to-Queens switch from the Yankees is rare.

“A lot of the people I’ve met in New York have always said true New Yorkers are Mets fans,” Granderson quipped. “So I’m excited to get a chance to see them all out there.”

First baseman-outfielder Garrett Jones and Miami finalized a $7.75 million, two-year contract, catcher J.P. Arencibia and Texas completed a $1.8 million, one-year deal, and right-hander Ryan Webb and Baltimore finished a two-year agreement.

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