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The Winter Meetings are a major event on the baseball calendar. The meetings are held during the first week in December in a warm climate. The meetings currently last four days.
The winter meetings include representatives from each of the major and affiliated minor league teams. There is often a flurry of trades and free agent signings announced during the meetings. Additionally, there is a trade show featuring exhibitors from many aspects of baseball. The final day of the winter meetings is spent conducting the Rule V Draft.
- Josh Lewin: Getting in the Game: Inside Baseball's Winter Meetings, Potomac Books, Dulles, VA, 2003.
- Tracy Ringolsby: "Classic trades, tales born in Winter Meeting lobbies: Before cell phones became popular, general managers mingled in hotel halls", mlb.com, December 6, 2014. 
- Steve Weingarden and Bill Nowlin, eds.: Baseball's Business: The Winter Meetings, Vol. 1 1901-1957, SABR, Phienix, AZ, 2016. ISBN 978-1-943816-37-8