CHICAGO — The lobby-standing was all too familiar. Other elements in the initial day of the general managers meetings at the O’Hare International Airport Hilton, however, offered a reminder that times are a changing.

The line of thinking seemed natural.

To the Marlins, Jeremy Hermida’s 2009 disappointment rendered the outfielder an unaffordable luxury.

Thus ends baseball’s first decade of the 21st century.

For the first time since 2003, the World Series is competitive.
It has been six years since the Series went at least six games. The storylines in recent years have been given little time to develop.

If I had told you on Dec.



When they were introduced more than 30 years ago, no one ever expected that Brad Mills and Terry Francona both one day would become major league managers. The reason was simple.

Joe Urbon and his team at CAA Sports have made it clear they’re prepared to enter the offseason starting blocks.

For nearly three years now, J.D. Drew’s contract has been alternately viewed as the subject of ridicule and befuddlement. Yet for the Red Sox, there is one thing that the five-year, $70 million deal is not: an object of regret.

It was just moments after the end of his first full season as a Red Sox.