- The GM Meetings are starting! Actually, I'm pretty sure the GM meetings aren't very exciting so I have no idea why I ended that sentence with an exclamation point. People tend to get more amped up about the Winter Meetings but those aren't until December. Anyway, the GM meetings are getting underway and even though nothing of note usually happenings at these meetings, you never know. If you recall the "blockbuster" trade between the Blue Jays and Marlins in 2012 was born during the GM meetings and we all know how well that's worked out for the Blue Jays, who have missed the playoffs since 1993, and the Marlins, who are the Marlins... but I digress. So again, you never know. It could just be a boring few days of nothingness and meaningless speculation or something could happen. Much like life itself. Moving on...
- The qualifying offer deadline is 5 p.m. today. This impacts the Yankees because closer David Robertson was offered a QA and if he doesn't accept the 1 year/$15.3M offer, he can explore free agency. Now I'm on the fence about this because I'm one of those sappy, sentimental types and would hate to see D-Rob pitching for someone else. But, there is also the pragmatic, logical side of my personality which realizes that baseball is a business and Robertson needs to do what he thinks is best for his career. DON'T LEAVE US, DAVID! Ahem.
- The Rookie of the Year awards will be announced tonight at 6 p.m. Our very own Dellin Betances, who could become the closer if Robertson goes elsewhere, is one of the American League finalists along with Jose Abreu of the White Sox and Matt Shoemaker of the Angels. I think this is Abreu's award this year but Betances put on quite a show for baseball fans this year and it was a lot of fun to witness. The rest of the awards will also be given out this week with Manager(s) of the Year tomorrow, Cy Young Award on Wednesday and the M.V.P. on Thursday. All of the announcements will be made at 6 p.m. on the BBWAA site linked in the beginning of this blurb but your best bet would be to keep track by watching TV or looking at Twitter. The BBWAA site can never handle traffic during awards week and it has actually become a bit of a running joke among bloggers and fans. It operates like a geocities site from the late 90's/early 00's.
So there you have it, the list of some of the things happening around the world of baseball.
Oh, and let me know what you think might happen with Betances and D-Rob in the comments, I'm interested in hearing what you guys have to say.