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The GM/Owner meetings are kicking off in Orlando

Nov 11, 2013, 11:37 AM EDT

Bud Selig defiant

The Winter Meetings — also at Disney World — are a month away. Those get more press. But a lot of news can happen at the GM/Owner meetings which kick off today. Here are the big items on the agenda of the assembled brass:

  • Instant replay: the plan to expand replay next year has been announced but not finalized. It still has to be voted on by the owners, who may or may not have been swayed by arguments explaining how dumb a manager challenge system is. It also still has to pass by the players and umpires too. The owners will no doubt talk about this more this week and, in all likelihood, will vote on the plan they’ll submit to the other stakeholders;
  • Home plate collisions: this subject came up again in the postseason and likely isn’t going to go away. How to make the game safer for catchers and base runners who have competing claims to the plate. Thanks in part to the increased awareness of the seriousness of concussions, the tide seems to be turning toward some sort of rule change aimed at reducing or eliminating such collisions, but it’s not at all clear if there is a consensus about the best way to handle the matter.
  • The Japanese posting system: We discussed this back in September. The upshot: the Japanese players will have more freedom to pick which offers to accept rather than be forced to negotiate with the highest bidder. This seems like something more in the hands of Japanese teams, but agreement from the owners would be required to ratify any changes.

Beyond those league-wide issues, the GM/Owner meetings have slowly morphed into a somewhat better environment for teams to talk to one another about trades and things than the Winter Meetings are. There will be media there, but less of it. There will be fans and job-seekers swarming, but less of them. Most deals are done via cell phone these days, but deals which may require some owners pressing flesh to deal with transactions that big salary implications are aided by this week’s brief face-to-face. It’s not yet the Winter Meetings in all of its glory, but the GM/Owner meetings are significant.

The first round of possible news could come shortly after 5PM today. That’s the deadline for the 13 free agents who were given qualifying offers to either accept or reject them. After that: the free agent class for 2013-14 is set in stone and the real games will begin.

  1. thebadguyswon - Nov 11, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    True. But its a lot of news people don’t care as much about.

    We want the free agent signings, the trades, and many mystery teams!

  2. wda628 - Nov 11, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    Stop inter league play! Please please please! Stop it!

    • clydeserra - Nov 11, 2013 at 12:24 PM

      never. the day I give up my mid week rockies-rays match up is the day I stop smoking heroin.

      • gloccamorra - Nov 11, 2013 at 9:03 PM

        Don’t forget Astros-Marlins. formerly a NL-only affair, it now has extra significance.

    • cackalackyank - Nov 11, 2013 at 12:29 PM

      At this point, because of the odd number of teams in each League, inter league play is mandatory and will happen continuously. In order to stop it there would have to be expansion, contraction, or a decision to realign a team from one league to the other once again creating even numbered leagues once again. Please tell me you are not holding your breath waiting for any of these to happen.

  3. dw3dw - Nov 11, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    I hope the A’s stadium situation is discussed, although I get the feeling that Selig just wants to kick the can down the road to the next commissioner.

    • bravojawja - Nov 11, 2013 at 1:56 PM

      Rumor has it there will soon be a spare stadium in Atlanta.

    • adventuresinfresno - Nov 11, 2013 at 2:18 PM

      I believe Bud’s last comment on this, when pressed by reporters, was “You want an answer? You’re not getting a f***ing answer!”

    • gloccamorra - Nov 11, 2013 at 9:06 PM

      Well, wasn’t there a report that MLB wanted the A’s to shack up with the Giants? I guess that was Bud’s solution: make them roomies and they’ll work something out on their own.

  4. historiophiliac - Nov 11, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    Orlando, hide your kids, hide your wife and hide your husband.

    • gloccamorra - Nov 11, 2013 at 9:07 PM

      Aw, it’s not that bad – they’ll all be drunk and passed out by 2 PM.

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