Sports Opinion & Analysis

The MLB Winter Yawnings

In MLB on December 7, 2012 at 2:48 pm

By Jonathan Danielson

We were promised blockbuster trades and free agent signings. We were promised intrigue and game changing moves. Ken Rosenthal, Pedro Gomez, ESPN and the MLB Network all promised Josh Hamilton and Zack Greinki would pick a new home, and Justin Upton would finally be traded.

"I can confirm that nothing I've said is accurate."

“I can confirm that nothing I say is accurate.”

What did we get instead? We got David Wright being introduced to the team he has been on for the last decade. We got Angel Pagan and Marco Scutaro resigning with the Giants. And that’s about it.

Oh, and Derek Jeter has packed on a few pounds, and Alex Rodriguez had hip surgery like my Grandma.

"I don't know why he has to keep making fun of you."

“I don’t know why it’s so easy to make fun of us.”

Oh, and did you see the Mets got new hats?

The MLB Winter Meetings are just that, meetings. They are business conferences by team executives. There are no cameras allowed, this is no inherent drama, yet the meetings are covered and packaged by ESPN, MLB Network, and every other news outlet like Moneyball meets Wallstreet (part one) meets Mad Men.  My Twitter feed lights up every few seconds with “Breaking News” and “Waiting to Confirm” and “Upton for Cliff Lee Imminent.”

And then? Nothing. A bunch of hype and build up, then nothing.

To be fair, last year’s meetings was a feeding frenzy for everyone. There were mega-trades, mega-signings and players agreeing to contracts for a quarter of a billion dollars. But that was last year, and while the coverage might have been warranted then, that type of attention was not warranted now. How often can we expect transactions like those that happened in 2011 to happen again? How often are the Winter Meetings really just a few dudes in a hotel lobby, and nothing else?

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