The 2023-24 offseason has started in MLB: option decisions, qualifying offers, waiver claims, some minor trades… the action is just getting started, and the best is yet to come.
The general manager (GM) meetings started this week in Scottsdale, Arizona, and were scheduled to run until Thursday.
However, they had to be cut short on Wednesday because of an odd reason.
“MLB has canceled the remainder of the GM Meetings due to a stomach virus that has impacted a number of people in attendance,” B/R Walk-Off tweeted.
MLB has canceled the remainder of the GM Meetings due to a stomach virus that has impacted a number of people in attendance pic.twitter.com/IsTqBli2h7
— B/R Walk-Off (@BRWalkoff) November 9, 2023
Reports from Scottsdale suggest that over 30 people, mostly officials and team employees, got sick with the virus.
That represents roughly 10 percent of the people in attendance for the meetings, forcing the early halt.
People in charge of the event are still trying to determine the cause of the illness.
Even though the meetings came to an abrupt end, there were plenty of rumors circulating around the baseball universe.
Potential trade ideas and hypothetical free agent signings were discussed, and most GMs offered their thoughts about their respective team’s plans.
Next on the calendar are the Winter Meetings, scheduled for December 4 through December 7 in Nashville.
By then, we surely will have several players already signed by teams and perhaps even a few major trades.
The Winter Meetings are, generally, when most of the offseason action takes place: all GMs and executives are gathered in the same room, and some exciting deals have happened throughout history.
Things are just getting started.
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