ORLANDO – Even before baseball’s winter meetings officially began, agent Scott Boras and executives of a National League East team met with the media Sunday afternoon to announce a big free-agent signing.
It went without saying that team wasn’t the Braves.
Not so much because they are averse to signing big free agents – though the Braves don’t do it often – but because they’ve already filled their priority needs this offseason.
“It’s a very different place to be than we’ve been in the last few years,” said Braves general manager Frank Wren, who spent a big part of last year’s meetings at Indianapolis trying to trade closer Rafael Soriano after Soriano accepted the team’s arbitration offer.
Two years ago at the meetings in Las Vegas, Wren spent much of his waking hours negotiating with the agents of free-agent starting pitchers including A.J. Burnett.
At this year’s meetings at the Dolphin Resort at Disneyworld, it could be the Happiest Place on Earth for Braves officials