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Plenty of holiday shopping left to do after winter meetings

Numerous plot lines were left dangling in D.C. With big names out there -- and teams with tons of question marks -- the next week or two in baseball will be busy. Here's what's brewing.

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Iowa 'Field of Dreams' complex gets go-ahead

The Iowa Supreme Court cleared the way for a 24-field baseball complex at the "Field of Dreams" movie site in Dyersville, upholding a lower court's decision on the property.

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White Sox nailing the art of the sale

Why rebuild for the first time in 20 years? After trading Chris Sale and Adam Eaton, credit the White Sox for going where the franchise hasn't been in decades, and there's no white flag in sight.

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Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers have a spot on their 40-man roster now that Charlie Culberson was outrighted to AAA. The Dodgers, though, still have two major in-house free agents out there in closer Kenley Jansen and third baseman Justin Turner.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Source: Dexter Fowler signed for five years and $82.5 million.

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

The Cardinals have not yet contacted the Edwin Encarnacion representatives at this point, but it sure would be a great follow-up move to their 5-year $82.5m deal with Dexter Fowler. Cards still need one more middle of the order bat for either 1B or 3B.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Dexter Fowler switched to No. 25 since No. 24 is retired in St. Louis for Whitey Herzog. He talked about switching allegiances.

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Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

After signing Dexter Fowler, the Cardinals say they are now in the market most likely for "complementary pieces," but with so many power bats still available on the free agent market, it's not out of the question the Cardinals could get involved for one of them. A bigger issue than money could be fit. If they bring in a first baseman, for example, Matt Carpenter would have to play elsewhere on the infield and his defense was suspect last season. "There are still some things we could possibly do," general manager John Mozeliak said.

David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger 

Timing is everything. Last offseason, in a crowded free agent market, nobody really wanted Dexter Fowler. He turned down a lowball offer from the Orioles, returned to the Cubs, had the best season of his career and became a Cubs legend. Now he's headed to the Cardinals pending a physical, basically the same player as a year ago except a year older ... and reportedly about $80-$90 million richer.

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Just weeks after helping the Cubs break the curse, OF Dexter Fowler is set to join the rival Cards: es.pn/2h2Lnfo

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

For the sake of comparison, possible '17 Cubs: LF Schwarber, 3B Bryant, 1B Rizzo, 2B Zobrist, SS Russell, RF Heyward, C Contreras, CF Jay.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Possible STL lineup: CF Fowler, SS Diaz, 1B Carpenter, RF Piscotty, C Molina, 3B Peralta, LF Grichuk, 2B Wong

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

On what attracted him to the Red Sox, Mitch Moreland said, "I felt like I could fit in and try to help make that goal happen of winning a championship. That's the main goal for me. I feel like we've got a great opportunity here -- and that was before the (Chris) Sale news broke, too. That just shows you that we're in it and trying to go all out to make that happen."