The young Cuban slugger has the home run ability that teams crave, but questions still exist.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired right-handed pitcher Mike Bolsinger from the Arizona Diamondbacks for cash.

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Ryan Boyer examines some players from the National League West whose arrows are pointing up for the 2015 fantasy season.

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SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — In the last hours of St. Louis Cardinals rookie outfielder Oscar Taveras’ life, a video posted to social media shows him behind the wheel of a flashy new car, grinning alongside his girlfriend.

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In his first trade as Arizona Diamondbacks general manager, Dave Stewart not surprisingly targeted and landed a starting pitcher, acquiring right-hander Jeremy Hellickson from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for minor-league prospects  Justin Williams and Andrew Velazquez. Chris Cotillo of SB Nation and MLB Daily Dish reported talks were on-going on Friday evening . Within minutes, CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman confirmed the deal was done . Hellickson, 27, underwent elbow surgery on Jan. 30 that ended up keeping him out of Tampa Bay’s rotation until July. After his return, he was never able to get on track, going just 1-5 with a 4.52 ERA over 13 starts. Hellickson was previously named American League Rookie of the Year in 2011 after posting 13 wins and a 2.95 ERA in 189 innings. His sophomore season was just as good. In 31 starts, he was 10-11 with a 3.10 ERA, while winning a Gold Glove.  It’s with his first two seasons in mind that Hellickson was reportedly targeted by several teams. Many are forecasting a bounce back campaign in 2015, and Dave Stewart was at the top of that list.   #Dbacks RHP Hellickson will move into the No. 2 or No. 3 spot in the rotation, GM Dave Stewart said. Still interested in Billingsley — Jack Magruder (@JackMagruder) November 15, 2014 Good health would certainly help, but there might be another big area of concern with Hellickson moving to Arizona. Traditionally, he’s a fly ball pitcher — he allowed fly balls to 40.9 percent of the batters he faced last season — with high home run totals — 21, 24, and 25 allowed in his three full seasons. The move to hitter-friendly Chase Field — the second highest scoring ballpark in 2014 with he sixth most home runs — doesn’t seem to suit his strengths.  In his favor, of course, is that he’ll no longer have to contend with the American League East and those hitter-friendly ballparks either. Just don’t tell him about Coors Field until you have to, D-Backs.  As for the Rays, this is the second established starter they’ve traded over the last four months. David Price was shipped to the Detroit Tigers in a five-player deal that included the Seattle Mariners just ahead of the July 31 trade deadline. On the surface, these deals might signal that a real rebuild is taking place, especially after Joe Maddon left to manage the Chicago Cubs. But really, it’s just the Rays being the Rays. They’re always looking to deal depth to acquire younger, cheaper depth. With Chris Archer, Alex Cobb, Alex Colome, Jake Odorizzi and Drew Smyly all healthy and due back, not to mention Matt Moore expected back from Tommy John surgery early in the season, they can still field a competitive major league rotation even without Price and Hellickson. Here, they’ve landed 19-year-old outfielder Justin Williams, who was a second round pick in 2013. He  hit .351/.403/.467 with four home runs and 46 RBI  at Single-A South Bend  . Also coming over is 20-year-old shortstop Andrew  Velazquez. He hit .290/.367/.428 with nine home runs and 15 RBI at South Bend and was a  seventh round selection in 2012.  Both players were expected to land just inside the Diamondbacks top 10 prospects for 2015.  More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks have acquired right-hander Jeremy Hellickson from the Tampa Bay Rays.

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It takes special talent and historical production to earn a clean sweep of baseball’s two biggest individual awards. Clayton Kershaw fit that description in 2014,  becoming just the 11th pitcher to win the Cy Young award and MVP in the same season since the former was introduced in 1956.  Kershaw was the unanimous choice in the NL Cy Young race, earning all 30 votes over Johnny Cueto of the Cincinnati Reds and Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals. Kershaw earned 18 first-place and nine second-place votes for MVP , which was good enough to top Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins and 2013 MVP Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Kershaw is the first NL pitcher to sweep the awards since Bob Gibson in 1968. Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers was the most recent, earning both AL honors in 2011.  It’s elite territory reserved for next-level talents, which, at 26, Kershaw certainly is. Even still, a lot had to come together for him to make history. Here are 10 incredible facts and tidbits from his 2014 season that ultimately added up to an award sweep.   

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Arizona’s old-school brass believes the numbers have their place until “the first pitch is thrown.”

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Seth Trachtman analyzes some early WHIP sleepers for the 2015 season.

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NEW YORK (AP) — For the third straight year, baseball’s free agents shunned qualifying offers from their former teams and chose to test the market.

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