Baseball’s winter meetings are here, which means four days or so of continuously starting at TweetDeck or refreshing Twitter trying to find the latest rumors and news around the game.
People in and around the game will arrive at the Swan & Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Fla. by Sunday, but things will start to pick up around Monday. Here are a few events of note on the schedule:
Sunday — Hall of Fame results, 3 p.m. PT: We will find out of any of the 10 candidates on the Modern Baseball Era ballot were elected to Cooperstown on Sunday afternoon on MLB Network, followed by a formal introduction on Monday at 8 a.m. PT.
Former Dodgers Steve Garvey and Tommy John were among the candidates, along with Don Mattingly, Marvin Miller, Jack Morris, Dale Murphy, Dave Parker, Ted Simmons, Luis Tiant and Alan Trammell. Twelve votes from the 16-person committee is needed for induction.
Tuesday — Manager availability, 12 p.m. All major league managers* will be formally made available to reporters at some point over three days from Monday to Wednesday. Dodgers skipper Dave Roberts’ session is noon on Tuesday, if you’re keeping track.
Former Dodgers director of player development Gabe Kapler, now the Phillies manager, will talk to reporters on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.
*All managers except Ned Yost of the Royals, who is still recovering from a nasty offseason injury and won’t be in Orlando.
Thursday — Rule 5 Draft, 6 a.m.: The final day of the winter meetings will feature teams trying to nab available minor leaguers not on a 40-man roster, hoping for the next Bobby Abreu or Johan Santana, or perhaps Delino DeShields Jr. for the younger crowd. The Dodgers pick last in each round — thanks to finishing 2017 with the best record in baseball — but in the major league portion of the draft they won’t be able to select anyone unless they first clear a spot on the 40-man roster, which is currently at capacity.
Let the rumor mills begin.