2018 Winter Meetings Prepares MLB for 2019 Season

K. Johnston, Sports Editor

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The 2018 Major League Baseball Winter Meetings started on Dec. 10, 2018.. The Meetings this year are located at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. The Meetings are a yearly event where all of the 30 MLB teams representatives and their minor league teams meet up to talk trades and signings with other teams. The meetings usually last about four days.

The Biggest talk this off-season is: Who are Bryce Harper and Manny Machado going to sign with and which team will give them the best deal? According to the Washington Post, “Bryce Harper and Manny Machado are going to get PAID.” That means they are going to get the biggest million dollar deal ever. The New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Philadelphia Phillies are interested in signing Bryce Harper. Throughout the Winter Meetings, this year the St Louis Cardinals and the New York Yankees have said they are out for Bryce Harper. While, the Phillies, White Sox, Yankees are interested in Manny Machado. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said  to tons of reporters, “At no time all winter have I said I’m looking for an outfielder.”

The Winter Meetings aren’t just focused on Harper and Machado, as there are many different free agents this offseason. The biggest names being Dallas Keuchel, Michael Brantley, Craig Kimbrel, Adam Ottavino, Wilson Ramos, Charlie Morton, Marwin Gonzalez, A.J Pollock, Andrew Miller and many more. During the winter meetings, Charlie Morton signed a two year deal with the Tampa Bay Rays, Royals signed outfielder Billy Hamilton and the Phillies signed Andrew McCutchen.

According to The Score, there are still many things all the MLB teams need to do this off-season. Some teams need to get some help in the bullpen and some need to  trade some players.

The 2018 MLB winter meetings were here and now it is over. Many teams still have work to do if they want to be able to compete in the 2019 season. Red Sox President Dave Dombrowski said to USA Today reporters, “I anticipate a couple more deals that will happen in the next couple days, just from the things I’ve heard.”  The 2019 season is going to be a great season because of the players that are on new teams.