The GM’s Perspective continues to update its followers on the happenings at the Winter Meetings in Dallas, and to say that this journey to Dallas was a good idea would be an understatement.
I spent the majority of Day 2 in the SMWW Conference which had some very impressive speakers;
John Mozeliak - St. Louis Cardinals Sr. Vice President & General Manager
Cory Schwartz, Vice President, Stats, MLB Advanced Media
Jayson Stark, ESPN Senior Baseball Writer
Rob Neyer, SB Nation National Baseball Editor and well known author
Jay Miller, Texas Rangers Senior Vice President
Harold Reynolds - MLB Network Studio Analyst
Will Carroll, Contributer, SI.com
Craig Calcaterra, NBC Sports.com-Hardball Talk
Don Welke - Texas Rangers Senior Special Assistant to the GM & Scouting
Toney Howell, LA Dodgers, Special Assistant to the General Manager
Larry D'Amato, former scout for Houston Astros, Texas Rangers, NY Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Cincinnati Reds
Maury Brown, Biz of Baseball & SMWW Faculty
Tony Ciccolella, MLBPA Agent
Jeff Gray - Minnesota Twins Pitcher
Tracy Ringolsby – Baseball America and FoxSports.com. 2005 Spink Award winner (the highest award given by the Baseball Writers Assoc of America)
Dr. Lynn Lashbrook, SMWW President
Ryan Latham, Tacoma Rainiers Group Event Manager & SMWW Alumni
Michael Lawlor, Boston Red Sox Fan Services
Mark Smith, Oakland A's Minor League Video Coordinator & SMWW Alumni
I want to thank the Lashbrook’s for the opportunity to come to Dallas and take part in this wonderful experience.
The atmosphere is the Hilton Anatole is something you have see and hear to really understand what is going. For anyone involved in baseball this is the place to be. I think I mentioned on twitter that this is Christmas for me right now!
For those looking for updates on the happenings down here, confirmed transactions since Day 1 include;
- Matt Capps re-signs with the Twins for one year w/option at $4.75M
- Jerry Hairston signs two-year deal the Dodgers
- Aaron Harang has signed a two-year deal with the Dodgers; numbers unconfirmed, while it is expected to be around the $12 million range
- Kevin Slowey was trade traded to the Rockies from the Twins for a player to be named later
- Sergio Santos returns to the Jays from the White Sox for Nestor Molina
The big story in Dallas continues to be Albert Pujols and his impending signing with the Miami Marlins. The Marlins have offered a 10-year deal, (monetary values are unclear) and is contingent on a no-trade clause. Will a compromise occur, I’m not exactly sure, however, the Cardinals are apparently in discussions with Pujols’ agent at this time, but it does appear something will finalize by the end of Day 3.
I will continue to keep you posted on the experience and the wheeling and dealings down here. I thank you your continued interest, and if you are at the Winter Meetings send me a message on twitter @devonteeple and let’s connect.
Devon is the Founder and Executive Director of The GM's Perspective
Devon and is an Associate member of The Professional Writers Association of Canada, is a featured writer on Examiner.com and member of the Yarbarker Network,
Devon is a former professional baseball player with the River City Rascals & Gateway Grizzlies, and is now an independent scout.
He is also and author for the Business of Sports Network, which includes the Biz of Baseball, the Biz of Football, the Biz of Basketball and the Biz of Hockey. He is also a contributor to the Canadian Baseball Network. He has continued to further his knowledge by completing Sports Management Worldwide's Baseball General Manager Class and interning with The Football Outsiders.
Currently, Devon is a Manager at a financial institution in Northern Ontario Canada, and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can follow The GM's Perspective on Twitter and facebook