In baseball, the general managers’ meetings long have lacked the mystique and functionality of the winter meetings. Often, they are held too early in the offseason for deal-making to occur onsite. They act as the kickoff event, where agents gauge interest in clients and GMs discuss potential trade fits with their colleagues.
This year could be different.
A collection of executives and agents will gather in Indian Wells, Calif., beginning Wednesday, and the possibility exists that a significant trade or signing will be announced there. The exclusive window for free agents — during which they can’t discuss financial terms with other teams — has passed. And GMs know which players have been tendered qualifying offers — a meaningful change from previous years, when the arbitration process wasn’t resolved until December.
Next month’s winter meetings in Nashville loom as the bigger swap meet, but here are five questions that could be answered by the time the proceedings adjourn Friday in Southern California.