Dec 5, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez answers questions from the media during the Major League Baseball winter meetings at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel. Mandatory credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Winter Meetings Quickly Approaching


The annual MLB Winter Meetings will be approaching quickly now that we’ve jumped into the month of December.  They will be held at Walt Disney World on December 9th through the 12th.

Dec 5, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez answers questions from the media during the Major League Baseball winter meetings at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel. Mandatory credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

Many moves always seem to happen around this time of year and it all comes back to these Winter Meetings.  We’ve already seen some big transactions as the Texas Rangers and the Detroit Tigers made a blockbuster trade with Prince Fielder and Ian Kinsler and the New York Yankees signing free agent Brian McCann.

This is only the beginning of MLB swaps, trades, signings, handovers, blockbusters, or anything else you can think of…there is definitely more to come before we step back onto the fields.

Orlando, Florida will play host to the 112th Baseball Winter Meetings.  2013 marks the third time the Baseball Winter Meetings have called the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando home.

The Winter Meetings give owners, GMs, and other team personnel the chance to talk in person with each other about possible trades and other roster moves.  Teams can find out about players they are interested in signing from their former teams or for the Atlanta Braves, shop Dan Uggla.  Unexpected things happen and very few secrets are safe with so many executives in the same place at the same time.

The biggest free agent on the market, Robinson Cano, has a good chance to be signed in these few days.  It has come out recently that Cano never asked for a $300 million dollar contract.  Although he and the Yankees are still reportedly far apart in terms of money, you can’t take the NY Yankees out of the running for the All-Star second baseman.  Cano would look amazing in an Atlanta Braves uniform, but Braves fans don’t get excited about this.  The money he will get will be way out of the price range…unless we somehow dump Uggla’s and B.J. Upton‘s contract.

Though Cano is probably out of the picture for the Braves, you never know what can come out of these meetings.  If you recall last year on December 1st 2012, the Braves had a completely different lineup then what they had on the field opening day 2013.  Many things will happen from now until the season starts and it’s going to be exciting to watch, read, writing, talk about as we head into the 2014 season.

 

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  • fireboss

    Appropriate that the winter meetings are held near fantasy land where the hope of an ugly duckling turning into a swan is always okay