We are a week removed from the Major League Baseball winter meetings, but the action has cooled only slightly.

The last eight days provided a headline trade that furthered the Cincinnati Reds’ rebuilding project, and the Los Angeles Dodgers lost a player they thought they had acquired. But nothing was as noteworthy as the next-best starting pitcher coming off the market when the San Francisco Giants signed Johnny Cueto.

That deal made the Giants a favorite in the National League West and jump-started the week in hot stove happenings.

It’s time to examine the week’s takeaways, including San Francisco’s new front-line arm.

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