What exactly are Winter Meetings?
Well, for baseball enthusiasts it means it’s the annual event where representatives from the 30 Major League Baseball teams and their 160 minor league affiliates come together to discuss league business and conduct off-season trades and transactions.
The 2016 Baseball Winter Meetings are scheduled for Dec. 4 to 8 and will take place in National Harbor, Maryland at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center.
— Winter Meetings (@WinterMeetings) November 17, 2016
This annual event brings baseball executives, team owners, general managers, scouts, media and exhibitioners together to network with peers and fill-out job openings.
On the last day of the meeting a major league team can draft a minor league player if he is not part of the 40-man roster, which is called the Rule 5 Draft.
— Winter Meetings (@WinterMeetings) November 23, 2016
The Winter Meetings have been a baseball tradition since 1876 with the National League. This tradition allowed baseball meetings to take place during their off-season.
These Winter Meetings are not open to the general public, you must be a member of The National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues, Minor League, Major League, Baseball Trade Show Exhibitor, a PBEO Job Fair Attendee or an Approved Non-Member.
Overall, the Winter Meetings is the place where players get traded and free-agents get signed. If you didn’t know now you know.
— Winter Meetings (@WinterMeetings) November 28, 2016