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Monday Bird Droppings: The virtual winter meetings are here

It’s time for the virtual winter meetings! Get excited!

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Happy Monday, Camden Chatters! Are you getting excited for the winter meetings? Just kidding, there probably isn’t anything to get excited about. For one, it’s virtual, so we won’t even get to read the Tweets of beat writers sharing their inside jokes about when they ran into each other in the hotel lobby. And for another, it’s the Orioles. We know better than to expect any earth shaking news.

But still, at least there will be something happening this week before the sport shuts down for the holidays. I’m looking forward to even the smallest of Orioles news. Minor league deals? I want them! Rule 5 draft? Bring it on! Give me something to think about other than the long cold winter and the global pandemic.

The Orioles, for their part, put out this vague infographic about what we can expect to hear about this week:

So I guess that means we can expect to hear something about player development today? What we’d hear, I haven’t an idea. We’ll find out together! Then later in the week it looks like we’ll get to see the promo schedule for the year, which strikes me as odd. It’s hard to imagine the world being in a place where the Orioles are inviting the first 20,000 fans to get their Anthony Santander t-shirt.


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