Everybody got sick as the hot stove began

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. − The resort was full of energy, with perfect weather and stunning views. Three days later, more than 10% of the Major League Baseball GM meetings attendees were taken ill. Executives suffered from what was initially believed to be food poisoning but was likely a stomach virus. Not a single team escaped the stomach bug and the Players Association’s annual meeting had to be done over Zoom. Amid rumbles of diarrhea, stomach pain, nausea and vomiting, GMs discussed agendas, agents hyped their clients, and reporters squirmed with barely any news to report.

Counsell turned down the New York Mets’ job for a safer one at the Chicago Cubs. The lead agent for Shohei Ohtani, Nez Balelo, made stealthy moves to avoid the media frenzy at the resort. Chicago White Sox GM Chris Getz openly criticized his talented but unbalanced team. And St. Louis Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak reflected on a disastrous season.

The Los Angeles Angels GM sealed the deal on a new manager over dinner. The Yankees GM unleashed a furious defense against criticism, even contradicting facts at one point. The Mets baseball president, younger than most, quipped in response. And the Philadelphia Phillies made a major change, shifting Bryce Harper to first base.

Amidst the chaos, the possibility of fan favorite Joey Votto returning to a Canadian team was raised. As the dust settled, the GM meetings left everyone curious about what was to come.


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