While it came as a surprise that the Red Sox won the Chris Sale sweepstakes, the architect of the trade has a long history of blockbuster trades.
The Dodgers struck first, signing Rich Hill to a three-year, $48 million deal and then the Giants made their move, signing Mark Melancon to a four-year, $62 million deal. Both moves are interesting and risky, albeit in different ways.
The Yankees had limited options in free agency at designated hitter and their short-term deal with Matt Holliday was a good fallback option after Carlos Beltran.
Sure the market for the best sluggers is expensive, but if the Mets don't want to waste their cost-controlled pitchers, they need help scoring runs now and Yoenis Cespedes certainly does that.
The Mariners and Diamondbacks switched out a bushel of players and gave us our first hint of how new Arizona GM Mike Hazen is going to revamp his roster.