Ever since the last out of the World Series was recorded, Major League Baseball fans have been eagerly anticipating the start of the winter meetings.
Not only is this the event where most of the top free agents will sign, either with their current team or somewhere new, but this might be one of the most unpredictable offseasons that we have seen in a long, long time.
In free agency, everything starts with Zack Greinke and Josh Hamilton. Greinke is the only No. 1 starting pitcher on the open market this offseason. He is just 29 years old and has proven himself to be one of the most durable and effective pitchers in the game over the last five years, throwing at least 200 innings four times since the start of 2008.
Hamilton is the most fascinating free agent in recent memory. He just hit 43 home runs and drove in 128 runs while playing in 148 games. But he is also 31 years old, scuffled badly in the second half of the season and has never been a durable player in the field.
Those are just two of the huge stories in free agency we will be paying close attention to. There are also trade rumors aplenty that will be flying out of Nashville this week. Rumors are what makes these three days so special and intriguing, so pay close attention to what is being said.
We are going to track all the latest news, rumors, rumblings and grumblings to come out of the 2012 winter meetings as it becomes available.