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Sunday BP, 12/9/18

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What exactly are Major League Baseball’s Winter Meetings? To understand that, let’s break it apart. Major League Baseball, of course, is a subsidiary of Budweiser. Winter is a season. Meetings are defined as “to bring animals together for breeding purposes.” With all that in mind, let’s see how beer companies are going to breed animals this week in Las Vegas, at the Mandalay Bay hotel.

Hmm. So, there will be activity of some kind. Jerry DiPoto will be running around doing stuff, though we’re not sure what. Maybe card tricks? Jumping on stage during a show and hitting some high notes? If not trades or signings, then what could you possibly do? Have discussions? Okay. Seems hardly deserving of a tweet — BUT, these are the Winter Meetings, baby! Anything and everything is a tweet.

Meanwhile, our lowly Giants will be hitting the Strip with a whole new Rat Pack: Farhan Zaidi, J.P. Ricciardi, Zack Minosian, and Michael Holmes will be repping the orange and black for the very first time. It’s a good thing all three signed on this past week, because it gave them access to all the free swag, like this:

That’s right. Don’t forget to follow the official Winter Meetings Twitter account.

What will Farhan and the bros be on the lookout for between the scheduled events? From Giants’ beat writer Chris Haft:

Club needs

The Giants don’t have a single proven outfielder on their roster, so that’s a good place to start. Having led the Majors with 30 blown saves in 2018, they could use relief help. And they’ll also need a starter or two if they trade Bumgarner and aren’t able to re-sign free agent Derek Holland.

What do you think will happen?