I hate this time of year on the baseball calendar.
The General Manager's meetings started in Orlando today, a precursor to baseball's Winter Meetings the first week in December. This week lays the groundwork for future deals -- rarely is a big deal or signing completed during this introductory phase.
I'm sure there are some GMs out there still just compiling their list of available free agents, let alone moving on to an evaluation or discussion phase.
Anyway, there's plenty of talk and speculation about where free agents are going to land, or who is available on the trade market. It all bores me.
No one has any real idea where any of these players might end up. Every big name has the Yankees and Red Sox attached, because their agents put that out in the press with the hope of driving up the price for their players. Media, bloggers and fans might make guesses based on what they think are a team's needs, but only the GMs (and their owners) know what that organization's philosophy might be.
And GM's generally do not make thier plans known to the media. They might talk a good game, but the last thing a savvy GM wants to do is let real knowledge slip into the media.
Which brings us, dear readers, to the Washington Nationals.
|Dunn tosses helmet after another K. (C.Nichols/Nats News Network)|
The big decision facing GM Mike Rizzo is what to do about first baseman Adam Dunn.