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SBD/December 6, 2012/Leagues and Governing Bodies
Simmering Stove: MLB Offseason Seeing Shorter Free Agent Contracts, Slow Movement
Published December 6, 2012
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ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT: In Detroit, Lynn Henning writes, "We're three days into baseball's Winter Meetings -- and you're free to wonder when a gathering supposedly designed to trade and sign players might actually begin. It's been slow" (DETROIT NEWS, 12/6). Mets Special Assistant to the GM J.P. Ricciardi said, “The media always wants the big, sexy deals and I think right now there hasn’t been that many of them." He added, "There’s a lot of stuff going on, probably stuff that’s under the radar. Everybody’s just trying to make their club better. Some guys do it with a bigger splash. I think there’s a few big splashes coming though” (“Mets Hot Stove Report,” SportsNet N.Y., 12/5).
CHANGING MEDIA LANDSCAPE: MLB Network’s Richard Justice noted MLB is "not immune to technology," which has changed the way the league is covered by the press. Justice said, "You have dozens of reporters running around here and lots of people with tidbits of information, and it’s published instantly, whereas before you had to wait for the morning newspaper. ... You don’t have to talk to people now, and that has infected the Wwinter Meetings. It’s changed the way teams do business” ("MLB Tonight," MLB Network, 12/5).