Andrew Friedman and Winter Meetings Wrap Up

Many people, including Andrew Friedman, have cleared out of the Disney complex, and continue to prepare for the start of Spring Training.

In his final media briefing of the meetings, Friedman characterized the past few days as productive.  On filling the void at first base he says ongoing conversations continue, and it should be wrapped up within a week.  While some names have come off the board, Friedman did not specify whether the Rays first baseman in 2014 would come via trade or the free agent market.

Friedman also was asked about the rule which will eliminate home plate collisions in 2014, and he was in favor of the change.  Friedman says all teams are focused on winning games, and the violent collisions at home plate can significantly alter a team’s ability to win.  Athletes today he says are bigger, faster and stronger, and the move would be a good for keeping the best players on the field.  He says if a rule like this was already in effect, perhaps Joe Mauer wouldn’t be moving from catcher to first base.

Don’t forget our Winter Meetings edition of “Countdown to Opening Day” airs tonight from 7-8 p.m.

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