The good news about this year's MLB Winter Meetings is that people can finally say it lived up the hype. The bad news is that all the hype was some variation of, "This is going to be really boring; all the exciting moves happened last week."
There was certainly plenty of potential for things in the "city" of Lake Buena Vista to exceed the low expectations -- Shin-Soo Choo signing, David Price and Matt Kemp changing hands -- but none of those things happened. Without Robinson Cano, Jacoby Ellsbury and Brian McCann on the market, there was little to no opportunity for #MysteryTeam to make an appearance in the vast halls of the Disney resort. Instead, we were left with the much less captivating #others and a three-team trade whose centerpiece has never eclipsed three wins above replacement in a season.
Even a highly anticipated appearance from the president of the Rakuten Golden Eagles was a letdown, as he provided no answers as to the fate of Masahiro Tanaka. Sure, in the end there were certainly plenty of rumors, signings and trades to keep everyone glued to Twitter for three days, but overall the affair was wanting -- just as predicted.
Here's a quick rundown of the week's notable moves, broken down by day:
Day 1 - Monday