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The Rundown: GM Meetings Kick Off 2018 Calendar, All the Weekend Rumors

Baseball’s GM Meetings open in Orlando today, and that means increased player movement chatter as GMs perform their due diligence on available players ahead of next month’s Winter Meetings. There could be a few actual deals, not to mention the major award winner announcements.

The purpose of the GM Meetings is normally to cover off-field matters, but you can’t put dozens of baseball execs in the same hotel and not expect some player movement. Agents will be there lobbying for their players, and though it is unusual for free agents to sign this early in the offseason, it is certainly not unprecedented. Anything can happen if the right proposal floats past a player and his agent.

These meetings were once little more than a formality, a chance for general managers to unwind after the long grind of the recent baseball season. Movement was restricted to new front office or manager/coaching hires. But it’s not 1976 anymore and the baseball season is a yearlong cycle now. Our appetite for news and rumors is insatiable, so this is really the traditional start of the 2018 baseball calendar.

I’m sure we’ll hear plenty about Giancarlo Stanton, and with some of the rumors gaining traction, it is …Read the Rest

Source:: Cubs Insider

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