Well, Jim Bowden is with you Andy.
That would be a really short period though. Four weeks overall but only three weeks from the QO and tender dates. And February 1 would be crazy-close to spring training. 12/15-1/15 wouldn't hurt anything, though I'm not sure it would change anything either (and none of this would have applied to the posted foreign players presumably).
How likely do you think it is that MLB makes changes to the way the offseason is structured so that free agency isn’t boring and doesn’t stretch on for four months? Every offseason feels like a buzzkill. — Jared H.
I have been a strong proponent of having a free-agent and trade deadline at midnight on the Wednesday of the Winter Meetings (Dec. 6 last month), with a subsequent freeze of rosters until Feb. 1. However, the MLB Players Association and the majority of clubs do not support this concept, so I don’t see it changing anytime soon. However, as an MLB talk show host, writer, analyst and insider, I will say it makes December and January more entertaining than it would be under those rules because, although there are inevitable slow periods, a transaction can happen on any day or at any hour, which is exciting.