The 2013 Winter Meetings are over, and, frankly, they were a bit of a letdown. There was no blockbuster trade or major free agent signing, just some smaller but still notable moves. Make sure you check out our full Winter Meetings wrap-up for a breakdown of the week.
Thursday's hot stove action started with the Rule 5 Draft, during which only nine players were selected. That's the fewest in 15 years. Four notable free agent signings and two minor trades headlined the rest of the day as teams and executives fled Orlando. Here's a recap of the Thursday's news and rumors.
RUMORS & SPECULATION
RHP Grant Balfour: The Orioles prefer to sign him to a two-year contract and not something longer. (Jon Heyman)
Mets: Met with the Brewers about a trade involving 1B Ike Davis. Milwaukee lost out on Corey Hart on Wednesday ... Next move will be to look for a young shortstop because they believe they'll have to overpay SS Stephen Drew to keep him away from the Red Sox. (Fox Sports)