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Rays Erik Neander says GM meetings look to be for information gathering with market developing slowly

Whereas in the past talks were advanced at these meetings, this year they seem to be just getting started.
Published Nov. 13, 2017
Updated Nov. 14, 2017

The first day of the GM meetings in Orlando seemed to be more about introductory conversations than any serious trade talks.

At least from the Rays' perspective, with GM Erik Neander said the discussions thus far have been more geared to gathering information than matching up on specifics.

"It seems that these meetings are more of a place to have some of these initial conversations with clubs, where I think in the average year those tend to take place a few weeks prior to coming here," Neander said. "So it's very much still, I think where we're at, is an info-gathering stage to determine what clubs are looking to do, what their intentions are for this winter and then from there digesting it, processing it, and seeing what with that information we can do to strengthen our organization, ideally."

Neander said a reason for the slow-developing market could be the high amount of turnover industry wide of managers and coaching staffs.