Here’s a recap of the week we’ve been watching…
1. Winter session begins this weekend
The winter session should see the frigid furnaces thaw so far, and the glacial pace of the offseason should pick up. The annual conference will be held in San Diego from Dec. 4-7 this year and will bring together key baseball operations leaders from all 30 teams, agents and media. Several reports indicate that the AL MVP aaron judge His decision can be made there, which could help jump-start the star-studded shortstop market.If the top starter is also fun justin wieland, Jacob DeGrom and Carlos Rodon Look for deals.Oakland catcher could also have blockbuster trade Sean Murphy One of the players most likely to be traded this offseason. It’s not just deals, either; we’ll see the first MLB draft lottery on the 6th, followed by a Rule 5 draft on the 7th.
2. What will happen in the disaster relief market?
It does appear to be so, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney. He reports that “some executives feel that a second-tier wave is moving fast and that deals are imminent,” citing examples such as Chris Martin and Miguel Castro as a player in this group. Martin ranks among MLBTR’s top 50 free agents at No. 47 on a projected two-year, $14 deal. As always, there are plenty of options for middle reliefs.In addition to Martin and Castro, there are Seth Lugo, Adam Ottavino, Andrew Chaffin, Michael Fulmer, Corey Knebel and michael givens (among other things) remain unsigned at this point.
3. The Hall of Fame results are here
On Sunday, the 16-member Hall of Fame committee of the contemporary baseball era will vote on the eight former major league players to be inducted into the Hall of Fame next summer. Contemporary includes players who have contributed to the game from 1980 to the present.The eight players are albert baylor, Bond, roger clemens, don matingly, Fred McGriff, Dale Murphy, Rafael Palmero and Curt Schilling. Players who receive more than 75 percent of the committee’s votes will be drafted to Cooperstown next July. The announcement was made separately from the usual Baseball Writers’ Association Hall of Fame voting, which will be announced in January.