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Baseball 101: What are the Winter Meetings?

Another Baseball 101 here. Have you ever heard of the Winter Meetings? Until last year, I hadn’t heard of it. That was before A.J Preller and the San Diego Padres moved almost 80 players during last years’ Winter Meeting. Yes, that’s almost two full rosters during a week long convention.

What are the Winter Meetings? In simple terms, it is the end all be all of baseball conventions.

There is a job fair with on-site interviews. insiteful lectures. and the baseball trade show which has everything for anyone in the game of baseball can use. Here is a list of some of the events:


Sunday, December 6

PBEO Job Fair 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Business of Baseball Workshop 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Banquet 7 – 9 p.m.

Monday, December 7

PBEO Job Fair 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Bob Freitas Business Seminar & Workshop Series 8:30 a.m. – 3:55 p.m.
Opening Session 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Awards Luncheon 12:15 – 2:30 p.m.
Moving Diversity Forward 4 -5:15 p.m.
Opening Night at the Baseball Trade Show 5 – 8 p.m.

Tuesday, December 8

PBEO Job Fair 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Baseball Trade Show 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Bob Freitas Workshop Series 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Presidential Election 4 – 5 p.m.

Wednesday, December 9

PBEO Job Fair 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Baseball Trade Show 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
(Job seekers will not be allowed access from 1 – 4 p.m.)
Bob Freitas Workshop Series 10:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Closing Session 5 – 6 p.m.
Gala at Wildhorse Saloon 7 – 10 p.m.

Thursday, December 10

Rule 5 Draft 9 – 11 a.m.


The Winter meetings are more importantly a time when all 30 teams get together and talk trades and free agents.  Major moves are made during these meetings. Some of the moves made this year :

Ben Zobrist to the Chicago Cubs.

Colorado Rockies signed Jason Motte and Chad Qualls.

Chicago Cubs trade Starlin Castro to the New York Yankees for Adam Warren and Brendan Ryan.

Arizona Diamondbacks get Shelby Miller from the Atlanta Braves for Ender Inciarte, Aaron Blair and Dansby Swanson.

The Winter meetings have become ablaze with trades and signings. For the fan who wants to stay on the up and up  check out #wintermeetings.


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