ORLANDO -- John Mozeliak arrived at baseball's annual General Managers Meetings on Monday evening open to possibilities but not expecting to transact any roster business during his three-day stay in central Florida.
Though it's been speculated that a compressed offseason calendar might lead to more action at these meetings, Mozeliak said that the session may not allow for much wheeling and dealing. The 30 GMs have a great deal of business to conduct regarding the industry as a whole, limiting the opportunities to talk trade and free agency.
"You certainly get a feel that given how they moved up all the dates, it seems to be thrusting things forward," Mozeliak said. "But with that said, I think that these meetings here are going to have a tone that's more representative of the business side of our jobs. I'm sure there will be opportunities to talk trades and that sort of thing, but I don't think that's the focus of these. ... There's still some free time, but it's not like past years when you were done at noon every day."
The bulk of the meetings are set for Tuesday, with many GMs heading home on Wednesday. Mozeliak will stay and accompany the club's principal owner, Bill DeWitt Jr., to the Owners' Meetings on Wednesday and Thursday.
The Cardinals have yet to check any of the items off their winter shopping list. Mozeliak acknowledged that some of the club's needs, such as a starting pitcher, a backup catcher and a left-handed reliever, could be addressed through free agency, whereas others may require trades. The Cards would also like to bolster their middle infield. Still, he granted that any and all of those areas could conceivably be boosted through trades.
"If we were able to move on [the free-agent needs] sooner rather than later, it would be great," he said. "But when you start interjecting the trade market into this, it complicates things. Obviously, there's opportunities to hit some of those things, hit some of those needs in that market. So you don't want to get ahead of yourself."
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