The first, and biggest, news of the opening day of the three-day general managers' meetings was the unveiling of the Atlanta Braves' plan to move into a new ballpark in Cobb County, Ga., after the 2016 season.
The Braves believe Turner Field -- or perhaps more accurately, the location of Turner Field -- is no longer suitable for the team's needs. A large majority of the Braves' season-ticket holders reside north of downtown Atlanta, and the 17-year-old ballpark sits south of that area, apparently resulting in logistical issues for fans wanting to attend the team's games.
The Braves on the proposed ballpark's website claimed to have secured the land for the new structure, but Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed disputed that claim in a phone call with WSB-TV's Justin Farmer. Reed also told Farmer that the team has yet present a plan for $450 million in public financing to the Cobb County commission.
More news from around the league:
- The St. Louis Cardinals and Colorado Rockies are expected to discuss a trade involving star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki at the Winter Meetings, according to Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan. On the contrary, there have been multiple reports stating the Rockies have no desire to move the 29-year-old slugger.
- Each of the 13 players who received qualifying offers from their former teams opted for free agency instead of accepting the one-year, $14 million offer.
- The New York Mets and Milwaukee Brewers discussed a deal involving first baseman Ike Davis, according to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News. The teams were not able to get far beyond the initial stages of the conversation.