Winter meetings warming up

The Baseball Winter Meetings are an attraction by themselves, but this year they compete with boat rides at Opryland.
The Baseball Winter Meetings are an attraction by themselves, but this year they compete with boat rides at Opryland.

The good thing about Opryland is that you don’t have to ride the boats to get from one end of the facility to the other, but the sight of the Baseball Winter Meetings a HUGE facility.  One element of the meetings is the continual stream of front-office people mingling in lobbies and corridors. At Opryland, the miracle mile, is a bridge near the lobby.

Bridging the communication gap between big league teams at the Baseball Winter Meetings.
Bridging the communication gap between big league teams at the Baseball Winter Meetings.

After a slow start on Sunday, in which the main piece of news was a “reported” signing of Hisashi Iwakuma by the Los Angeles Dodgers, things picked up a little bit on Monday as the managers press conferences began and more and more team officials and agents arrived. Monday, however, brought no clarity to Iwakuma’s status, as agent Adam Katz, who also represents Carp ace Kenta Maeda, refusing to comment on a deal that has not been completed.

Maeda is currently in posting limbo as his paperwork is cleared by MLB, so Katz said he was as free with his words as he’ll ever get regarding the two-time Sawamura Award winner.

“I expect that once the process starts, I’m not going to be providing updates, unfortunately. It’s not something I’ve done in all my years of representing ballplayers. So this will probably be it,” Katz said.

 

 

Author: jballa5_wp

sports editor for a wire service in Tokyo

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