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What We Learned: December 18, 2014

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Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

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  • Sometimes, baseball and politics do mix. With the United States normalizing relations with Cuba, many have wondered how this might influence baseball things. Previously, Cubans like Yasiel Puig, Yoenis Cespedes and Aroldis Chapman have had to flee the country illegally in order to play ball in MLB.
  • The big news in baseball, of course, was the huge three-team trade between the Padres, Rays and Nationals that saw Wil Myers heading to San Diego. Here is a breakdown of the deal:
    PADRES GET: OF Wil Myers, C Ryan Hanigan, P Jose Castillo, P Gerardo Reyes
    RAYS GET: OF Steven Souza, P Travis Ott, C Rene Rivera, P Burch Smith, 1B Jake Bauers
    NATIONALS GET: SS Trea Turner, P Joe Ross