This MLB offseason marks the return of the in-person Winter Meetings for baseball, often the busiest week of the offseason. The Winter Meetings for the previous offseason and the one before that were both postponed due to the pandemic and the owners’ lockout. Finally, we have returned to the original Winter Meetings.
Huge contracts were signed by Gerrit Cole, Anthony Rendon, and Stephen Strasburg during the 2019 Winter Meetings. There were also a couple transactions including the signing of Zack Wheeler. Numerous transactions are likely to be negotiated and closed this year. Information on this year’s Winter Meetings is as follows:
- The Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, California
- Dates: December 4th to December 7th, 2016
For the duration of the Winter Meetings, you can count on CBSSports.com and CBS Sports HQ for continuous coverage and commentary. We will discuss all the recent deals and free agency signings that have been rumored. A week at the Winter Meetings is sure to be full of activity, but also a lot of fun. Nothing about the offseason improves.
All the information you might possibly need concerning this year’s Winter Meetings is provided here.
MLB offseason in 2022
We care about the Winter Meetings because of this very reason. There has to be movement on this. There have been rumors of trades, free agency signings, and everything in between. The Winter Meetings are likely to spark a flurry of activity after a relatively quiet offseason. The hot stove league promises to provide an exciting few days.
The Yankees have allegedly made an offer “in the vicinity” of eight years and $300 million to make Aaron Judge the top story in San Diego. The remainder of the free agency market seems to be holding off until Judge becomes available. Consider this. Who wouldn’t want to wait to see whether the clubs who pass on Judge spend all that money at someone else, like Carlos Correa or Trea Turner? In addition, the domino effect of losing a single elite shortstop will cause the others to drop off the board quickly.
With Jacob deGrom’s astounding five-year deal with the Rangers, things are starting to move in the starting pitching market. All three of those pitchers, along with Matthew Boyd (Tigers), Mike Clevinger (White Sox), and Zach Eflin (Rays), signed with new teams in the recent week. I anticipate major activity this coming week among the second tier of free agent starters (Chris Bassitt, Nathan Eovaldi, Kodai Sengi, Jameson Taillon, etc.), and Carlos Rodón and Justin Verlander may sign in San Diego.
In recent years, there hasn’t been any really spectacular trading during the Winter Meetings. Free agency signings and minor trades have dominated the market in recent days. The Giancarlo Stanton trade in 2017 was the most notable deal to come out of the Winter Meetings in recent memory. Although A’s catcher Sean Murphy is rumored to be on the move this summer, a deal of that kind seems unlikely to happen this year. It’s possible that he’ll be traded in San Diego.
Top 50 free agents and top 20 potential offseason trade possibilities are listed below (12 of whom have signed contracts as of Friday). At the Winter Meetings, teams are likely to acquire new players.
The Modern Era Committee of the Hall of Fame will vote on Sunday
On Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET, MLB Network will air a live broadcast in which the Contemporary Era Committee will reveal its 2023 Hall of Fame class. This is not the same as the BBWAA’s vote, just so we’re clear. Formerly known as the Veterans Committee, the Contemporary Era Committee now consists of 16 members who cast ballots for Hall of Fame inductees who are no longer eligible for election by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.
All the information you need to know about the ballot for the Contemporary Era Committee was provided by our own Matt Snyder. The eight candidates are as follows: In addition to Albert Belle and Barry Bonds, other baseball greats include Roger Clemens, Don Mattingly, Fred McGriff, Dale Murphy, Rafael Palmeiro, and Curt Schilling. The 16-person panel consists of the following members:
Among the legends of baseball are Chipper Jones, Greg Maddux, Jack Morris, Ryne Sandberg, Lee Smith, Frank Thomas, and Alan Trammell.
Paul Beeston, Theo Epstein, Arte Moreno, Kim Ng, Dave St. Peter, Kenny Williams are the executives.
Public figures Steve Hirdt, LaVelle Neal, and Susan Slusser
McGriff seems to have a good shot of making the hall of fame. Two of McGriff’s former teammates, Jones and Maddux, are on the committee, as does an executive for whom McGriff played, Beeston, and others who have been vocal opponents of PED use but were left off the BBWAA vote (Morris, Thomas, Trammell). They want to advocate for McGriff among the other members of the committee.
Since twelve votes are needed for induction and each committee member has just three votes available, this year’s Contemporary Era Committee may only elect four players to the Hall of Fame. More often than not, it will be lower. The Winter Meetings will be formally kicked off with the announcement of the vote results on Sunday.
MLB’s All-Stars will be announced on Monday
The MLB Network will air a live show at 8 p.m. on Monday, where the fourth annual All-MLB Team will be revealed. The greatest players in each position are recognized on the All-MLB Team, which has both a first and second squad. Shohei Ohtani was named to the 2021 All-MLB Team as both a batter and a pitcher. I hate to be the one to break it to you, but voting for the All-MLB Team ended about two weeks ago. The MLB All-Stars have been announced. On Monday, they will make the announcement to the world at large.
It all begins on Tuesday with Major League Baseball’s first draft lottery.
Anti-competitive practices were addressed by including a draft lottery in the current collective bargaining agreement between MLB and the MLBPA (i.e. tanking). Three clubs with the lowest records in 2023 will enter a lottery to decide the order of the first six choices. The first selection is up for grabs among the 18 clubs that didn’t make the playoffs.
You can watch the draft lottery on MLB Network tonight at 8:30 p.m. ET. Learn the ins and outs of the first-ever MLB draft lottery and the probabilities for the first overall choice right here.
|TEAM||NO. 1 PICK ODDS||TEAM||NO. 1 PICK ODDS|
|Nationals (55-107)||16.5%||Angels (73-89)||1.8%|
|Athletics (60-102)||16.5%||Diamondbacks (74-88)||1.4%|
|Pirates (62-100)||16.5%||Cubs (74-88)||1.1%|
|Reds (62-100)||13.2%||Twins (78-84)||0.9%|
|Royals (65-97)||10.0%||Red Sox (78-84)||0.8%|
|Tigers (66-96)||7.5%||White Sox (81-81)||0.6%|
|Rangers (68-94)||5.5%||Giants (81-81)||0.5%|
|Rockies (68-94)||3.9%||Orioles (83-79)||0.4%|
|Marlins (69-93)||2.7%||Brewers (86-76)||0.2%|
Although both the Pirates and the Reds had similar 2022 records, the Pirates’ 61-101 record from the previous season gave them a greater chance at the first overall choice than the Reds’ 83-79 record from the previous season. Once again, the lottery will be used to choose just the top six selections. The remaining clubs who didn’t make the playoffs then pick in the opposite order of the previous year’s standings.
Rule 5 Draft on Wednesday
For all intents and purposes, the annual Rule 5 Draft marks the conclusion of the Winter Meetings. It will be held at 5 p.m. ET on Wednesday, and then everyone will proceed to the airport. The Rule 5 Draft is only available as an audio broadcast on MLB.com.
A player cannot be stuck in the minors permanently, according to the Rule 5 Draft. A player becomes eligible for the Rule 5 Draft if they have spent more than three years in the minors without being elevated to the 40-man roster. In order to avoid being placed on waivers and offered back to their previous club, Rule 5 Draft picks must stay on their new MLB roster for the whole of the next season.
Rule 5 Draft eligibility for the 2018 offseason includes the following players (with certain age-related exceptions):
Those that were selected out of high school in 2018 or before.
Professional athletes who entered the draft in 2019 or earlier.
Those who become international free agents in 2018 or earlier.
The vast majority of those selected in a Rule 5 Draft either return to their original club or settle into a supporting position. Two years ago, in the Rule 5 Draft, the Red Sox hit pay dirt when they snatched right-handed pitcher Garrett Whitlock from the rival Yankees. Mark Canha (Athletics), Brad Keller (Royals), and Trevor Stephan (Twins) are a few more recent examples of players that were selected in the first round of the Rule 5 Draft and went on to achieve great (Guardians).
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Next week, before the draft, reporter R.J. Anderson will offer a preview of some players who might move, so stay tuned if that sounds interesting to you. Due to the owners’ lockout in the previous offseason, there was no Rule 5 Draft in the big leagues. Since the end of 2020, this is the first Rule 5 Draft.
The Winter Meetings are closed to the public
There will be no press or public access to the Winter Meetings. Minor league trade exhibitions and seminars are closed to the general public and are instead reserved for teams and industry professionals. In 2015, our own Matt Snyder explored the Trade Show. You’ll just have to experience life through the eyes of others.
However, you are allowed to walk about the San Diego Manchester Grand Hyatt and observe the goings-on there, which are not quite as fascinating as they may seem. You may run across a few people you recognize (primarily club officials, though some players also pop by, especially those who live nearby), but you won’t witness general managers AJ Preller of the Padres and Matt Arnold of the Brewers negotiating a deal for Corbin Burnes in the lobby. The phones and team suites are where such conversations take place.
Feel free to pass out your CV during the Winter Meetings if you’re an eager job seeker. I hope everything works out for you. Unless you live in the area, you really shouldn’t make the journey if you’re simply a fan who wants to stake out the lobby and halls. As a participant, I can attest that the Winter Meetings themselves are not that fascinating. It’s just as simple and convenient to stay on top of trade rumors, player signings, and other off-the-field happenings without leaving your house.