Hello from Orlando! Today is Day 3 of the 2013 Baseball Winter Meetings here at Walt Disney World’s Swan and Dolphin Resorts, another edition of the baseball world’s annual get-together for trades, rumors, press conferences and late-night deals.
This year’s meetings have featured a three-team trade between the Angels, D-backs and White Sox (sending Mark Trumbo to Arizona), the Mets’ press conference introducing former Yankees center fielder Curtis Granderson (and his jab at “true New Yorkers”) and the Hall of Fame’s announcement that managers Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa and Joe Torre will all be inducted next year.
For Major League teams, the Winter Meetings revolves mainly around free agent signings, trades and roster building. For us in the Minors, it’s a chance to network, get together and discusses strategies, best practices and news from the industry. And for TV networks, it’s an excuse to talk non-stop about the latest rumors. Walking through the Dolphin, you’ll see pretty much every notable person and figurehead in baseball and baseball media, from Curt Schilling, John Kruk and Harold Reynolds on ESPN’s Baseball Tonight to Jack Morris, Buster Olney, John Heyman, Peter Gammons, Tim Kurkjian, Pedro Gomez, Ken Rosenthal and more.