Winter meetings: Inside the GM suite 

December, 4, 2011
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Billy BeaneAP Photo/Phelan M. EbenhackBilly Beane has used the winter meetings to get deals done or start dialogues for deals.

During baseball’s offseason, there’s no better place to get face time with a potential trade partner than the winter meetings.

Major League Baseball’s winter meetings have evolved considerably since the days when teams used the meetings solely as way for team personnel to gather with their counterparts on other teams and exchange ideas and feedback. Media relations people, traveling secretaries, trainers and, of course, baseball operations personnel all used the winter meetings to discuss the industry with little fanfare.

These days, those same people still meet, but the winter meetings have become a major event.

Inside the Hotel Anatole in Dallas, each team is settting up its general manager's suite as the nerve center of information and interaction. It is every team's war room to perhaps begin talks with teams or agents or to pull off a deal. On average, each club will have about 20 baseball operations personnel ranging from the team president and owner, general manager and assistant general manager, scouting director, farm director, AL and NL scouts, traveling secretary, media relations and medical staff.