MLB Winter Meetings 2019 dates, rumors of a trade, top free agents

It is warm in winter in San Diego.

The 2019 winter meetings are coming to you from the West Coast this year, starting on Sunday, and there will be no shortage of starpower discussed over the five-day gulf.

Gerrit Cole, Stephen Strasburg, Anthony Rendon are the three big free agents that continue to float without employers this offseason, and you can bet their names will appear a lot next week as players, agents and front office members from the 30 teams in California.

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Last year, the Winter Meetings – and the offseason in general – proved fruitless as baseball pulled through the winter months leading up to the 2019 season. Andrew McCutchen and J.A. The Happs were undoubtedly the biggest names signed during the year in Vegas, while the biggest trade was a Tanner Roark for the Tanner Rainey exchange between the Reds and the Nationals.

Hopefully, this year there will be excitement in early December as the teams move on to 2020.

Here’s everything you need to know about the 2019 winter meetings:

When are the MLB Winter Meetings 2019?

  • Start date: Sunday, December 8th
  • Expiration date: Thursday, December 12th

The 2019 winter meetings start on Sunday, December 8 and end on Thursday, December 12. Members, agents and front office players will all be present.

Where are the MLB Winter Meetings 2019?

The 2019 winter meetings are held at the Hilton Bayfront in San Diego. This is the first time since 2014 that Winter Meetings will take place in San Diego and the fourth time the city is hosting it.

MLB trade rumors

December 3: The Americans are all in Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg, per reports. That’s good for New York and its fans.

December 3: The Mets could look to shop for two veterans to ease some payroll: Jeurys Familia and Jed Lowrie are on the block, according to Ken Rosenthal of Sports.

December 1: Miguel Andújar missed most of 2019 with a shoulder injury and could find new breakthroughs in 2020, reports say.

December 1: Could Josh Hader be on the move? Brewers could look for this off-season trade, reports say. Here are five groups that could make sense for the relief ace.

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Top 2020 Free MLB Agents

Anthony Rendon
Gerrit Cole
Stephen Strasburg
Madison Bumgarner
Josh Donaldson
Hyun-jin Ryu
Jacques Wheeler
Nicholas Castellanou
Marcel Ozuna
Municipality of Grigorios

The current class of free agents is continued by Gerrit Cole, Anthony Rendon and Stephen Strasburg. While the latter two could sign sooner rather than later, Cole could not choose to sign until January or later, according to his agent.

The next tier of free agents features Zack Wheeler and Madison Bumgarner. Wheeler, 29, and Bumgarner, 30, are both legitimate top pitchers when healthy.

For a more complete ranking, check out Sporting News’ 2020 free agency rankings.

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