There was certainly no guarantee that the top MLB free agents would sign contracts during this week's winter meetings.
But for fans, reporters and analysts looking for some offseason sizzle to keep them warm during the winter, the lack of action from baseball's annual pow-wow in Nashville was disappointing. This year's meetings certainly lacked the excitement of last year's edition, which featured Albert Pujols, C.J. Wilson and Jose Reyes sign big free-agent deals.
On the bright side, this extends MLB's hot stove action further into December. Rather than have so much business taken care of during the four-day span of the winter meetings, we now have more time to constantly check the rumor mill about which players might sign where.
Almost all of the top free agents are still available right now. Who is Zack Greinke going to sign with? Where will Josh Hamilton go? How will the rest of the free-agent market develop after the two biggest names sign? Will we see the action pick up, or will it still be a slow process through December and January?
Eventually, these players will sign, and that will give us plenty to talk about. Here are some predictions for where the top free-agent talent will end up, hopefully before the end of the calendar year.