Winter Meetings End With A Resounding THUD

Published: Dec 13, 2013 04:05am EST
By Michael Owen, Sports Writer for Konsume Sports

Please Note: This article was updated Dec 13, 2013 @ 10:40am EST

 

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla - The 2013 Major League Baseball Winter Meetings have come to a close and there's really only one word that can describe the totality of this annual event:

BOOOOORING!

For the players, managers, agents, scouts and front offices, this event was created specifically for them to ply their crafts, prepare for the upcoming season and put the finishing touches on teams with the hope of generating headlines that will, in turn, sell tickets, merchandise and ad space for their respective clubs.  For the fan, it's the first chance to set a lineup, look at it and say "Ya know, this could be our year".  Unless of course you're an Astros fan.

Instead, this years version really just turned out to be a good excuse for baseball execs and agents to get out of the cold, head to Florida, drink seven-year-old Scotch and show off the new driver they have in their bag.

Historically this event has brought the fire to the Hot Stove League but what was the high point of the meeting this year?  What was the big news maker? 

In fairness, there have been some significant headlines this offseason. The Fielder/Kinsler trade. McCann gets overpaid by the Yanks and Cano to the Mariners for an even more insane amount (more on THAT another time) have been huge.  But those happened before the meetings.

As I go thru the events off the past four days I try to see what the real attention grabber is this year. Aside from Magglio Ordonez being elected mayor of Sotillo, Venezuela, what did we learn? Kemp isn't going to be dealt by the Dodgers, Price WILL be traded by the Rays, Scott Boras really is the devil and Logan Morrison isn't making fans in Seattle's gay community?

This years Winter Meeting was a total waste of time and a total bust.  The hours spent watching and waiting where Choo will end up or who will pull off the next monumental trade, slowly turned into finding out which tie Joe Maddon was going to wear and trying to find the resemblance between Brad Pitt and Billy Beane.

Sadly, every team will leave these meetings, tell their respective constituancies how good they feel about their teams, how they didn't go to the meetings "needing" to do anything and that they are comfortable with the team that they have.  Great news to the Dan Uggla's of the world, not so much for the fan.

A good friend once said "baseball is a talking sport".  Not this year. Unless talking about what didn't happen counts.

Only 62 days until Pitchers and Catchers report.


 

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