(Sports Network) - "People ask me what I do in winter when there's no
baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for
spring." - Rogers Hornsby.
That's certainly not the case for players anymore.
While the champagne is barely dry on the San Francisco Giants' second World
Series title in three years, Major League Baseball officially shifts to
offseason-mode this week with the start of the general managers meetings in
Nothing usually comes out of the GM meetings as they generally serve as a
precursor to the main event - the winter meetings, which will take place in
Nashville from Dec. 3-6.
Josh Hamilton's agent Mike Moye will likely be making the rounds at the Hyatt
Grand Championship Resort in Indian Wells, Calif., this week following a report
suggesting his slugger could be asking for as much as seven years and $175
million in free agency.
Hamilton is the best available player on the market, but will he be the most
sought after? The Hamilton sweepstakes will be quite an interesting follow
this winter. There is no question that when he is on the field he is a top-5
talent and perhaps the premiere slugger in the game.
But, of course, there is a massive amount of baggage.
As he proved last offseason, Hamilton is always one night away from slipping
up. Is a team really going to invest close to $200 million in a player like
Either way, he is not signing this week, next week or anytime soon. Look for
a Hamilton deal to get done in the Music City a month from now.
Another person who figures to be busy is New York Yankees general manager
Brian Cashman. He may or not be trying to peddle third baseman Alex Rodriguez
and the $114 million he has remaining on his deal over the next five years.
Following the Yankees' embarrassing ALCS loss to Detroit, most thought the
Yankees would try to unload Rodriguez, making this a winter of never-ending A-
Rod rumors. However, everyone involved quickly squashed any possibility of the
three-time AL MVP leaving the Bronx.
Let's see if anything develops this week. As stated before, there is not much
of a market for a declining 37-year-old slugger owed an average of $22.8
million until the end of the deal in 2017. The Yanks would have to eat a
tremendous amount of money in any potential deal, and at that point, why
Hamilton may have a better chance at procuring the deal he wants than Cashman
has at dealing Rodriguez.
In addition to the schmoozing among executives, there are actual
administrative meetings that will be taking place in California, beginning
Wednesday. A big topic will be the expansion of instant replay, as will
protective headgear for pitchers. The subject of a worldwide draft also will
likely be broached.
The big topic, though, will be instant replay. Although, commissioner Bud
Selig and executive vice president for baseball operations Joe Torre have both
said they are against groundbreaking changes to the game, instant replay has a
very good chance of expanding for next season. It won't be drastic, but fair-
foul calls down the lines and trap catches by outfielders will likely be
It's a no-brainer. If there is technology out there to get the call right. Get
it right. It is simple enough.
So, get ready. The offseason is upon us. Can't you smell the Hot Stove heating
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