Starting on Tuesday, MLB’s owners and general managers will meet in Orlando to discuss their respective teams and the 2011 season. The meetings last through Thursday and, although little happens at the meetings in terms of transactions, they set the stage for the more active Winter Meetings, which will take place this year December 6th through 9th. Subjects of Jim Hendry’s probes are sure to include shopping Kosuke Fukudome and trying to get medical reports on Adrian Gonzalez’s shoulder.
Of more immediate import, the Chicago Cubs will have until Friday (November 19th) to add players to their 40-man roster, lest they be lost (if eligible) in the upcoming Rule Five Draft. The 40-man roster currently stands at 36, and draft-eligibles Chris Archer, Brandon Guyer, Kyle Smit, and Marquez Smith being near locks to be added (Archer and Guyer are, of course, mortal locks). It’s highly likely that there will be another roster move or two leading up to Friday’s deadline.
The Cy Young and Rookie of the Year awards will also be announced this week; of interest to the Cubs is where Starlin Castro finishes. He won’t win, but could finish as high as third or so.