The MLB Winter Meetings are an annual event where representatives of all 30 MLB teams and their 120 Minor League Baseball affiliates convene for four days each December to discuss league business and conduct offseason trades and transactions.
Here’s a look at all you need to know about the event in the build-up to the new MLB season.
This year’s MLB Winter Meetings will take place between December 3 and December 6.
The 2023 MLB Winter Meetings will take place at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee.
Unfortunately, the MLB Winter Meetings are not televised. Given that they are discussions rather than actual events taking place like in the NFL Combine, it seems fitting.
The MLB Winter Meetings often go under the radar due to the many other sports going on at the time of year. Baseball isn’t exactly on the front of fans’ minds in December, and rightfully so. However, significant trades and signings often happen at these meetings.
It’s several days where all 30 teams have representatives present, along with their 120 minor league teams. That means plenty of opportunity for roster discussions, and they have been some historical ones in the past. If you’ve ever wondered how legend Nolan Ryan joined the Rangers, you can thank the MLB Winter Meetings.
Also taking place at the Winter Meetings are the MLB Rule 5 Draft and the 2024 MLB Draft Lottery.
The 2024 MLB Draft will be the second to use the lottery system after it was added into the most recent collective bargaining agreement between the team owners and the players' union.
The Rule 5 Draft exists so teams cannot stockpile young players in their minor league teams. This draft allows teams that do not have a full 40-man roster to select certain non-40-man roster players from other teams. The draft order is the reverse order of the previous season's standings.
With so many teams convening in one location, there is never any shortage of speculation. After a disappointing season in which they were unable to make the playoffs, the New York Yankees are expected to be one of the most active teams in Nashville.
Other high-profile teams are also expected to make the most of the MLB Winter Meetings, which would be the Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers. They’ve been the top favorites to represent the National League in the World Series and are always looking to have the most star-studded rosters in baseball.
On the upward trend is the Baltimore Orioles, who after several lackluster seasons, now have a great roster filled with young talent. They have even more coming up the pipeline, so they have plenty to bring to the table. The top overall prospect - Jackson Holliday - almost certainly isn’t up for grabs, but owner Peter Angelos is known for some questionable decisions.
There have been plenty of trades and free agent signings ahead of the Winter Meetings. Time will tell if those transactions will have a domino effect that sparks more trade discussions during the Winter Meetings.
Follow along here with our MLB free agency and transactions tracker.
Building a winning MLB team is like chess, and the Winter Meetings are certainly a part of that.
Although the cold is not associated with baseball in terms of playing the game, it’s the time of year when many hirings occur, whether significant headline-worthy ones or internships or behind-the-scenes additions.
There is a job fair that takes place at the MLB Winter Meetings, and with the minor league teams there as well, there is no shortage of opportunities. The infamous Baseball Writers’ Association of America also has its meeting, which means there are always discussions about Hall of Fame voting, and the winner of the Ford C. Frick Award, which honors a broadcaster who has made major contributions to baseball, is also announced.
The Atlanta Braves (+650) and Los Angeles Dodgers (+650) are co-favorites to win the 2024 World Series ahead of the Winter Meetings.