The off season for the Baltimore Orioles opened at the end of September, however this week marks the beginning of MLB’s “hot stove” season as Dan Duquette and his counterparts descend on Orlando, FL for the GM meetings. This is in effect a precursor to MLB’s winter meetings which will take place next month, however it will be the first chance for all of the GM’s to sit down together for the first time since the end of the 2013 season as we move towards ’14. This off season is setting up to be a potentially busy trade market, and personally I think it would behoove the Orioles to be in on some of that action.
According to mlb.com, the likes of David Price, Max Scherzer, and Brandon Phillips (among others) might be on the move at some point this winter. I’ll be honest; I’d be shocked if a major deal went down this week. Just like anything else, most GM’s want to allow things to breath a bit. However what might happen is the framework of a deal starting to take place. Speaking for myself if I was Dan Duquette I’d be looking to bring a pitcher the caliber of Scherzer or Price to Baltimore. So if that happens to be on Duquette’s radar perhaps that “process” will begin this week.
The only way we end up seeing an earth-shattering deal going down this week would be if a team offers a sweetheart deal to someone. Again, I’m not sure that’s going to happen. But who knows…one way or the other stick with us here at Birds Watcher all week and we’ll update you on the goings on down in Orlando.