The baseball offseason is entering its second month, and so far the biggest story has been the Miami Marlins' salary dump.
That's about to change.
The annual winter meetings begin Monday at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn., the ideal site for an event headlined by free agents Zack Greinke and Josh Hamilton.
The elaborate Opryland -- think sprawling biodome with boutique shopping -- was devastated by the 2010 Cumberland River flood that struck Tennessee. The hotel sustained severe damage and was shuttered for six months. It's prospering today. Greinke and Hamilton can identify.
Greinke barely pitched in the majors during the 2006 season while being treated for social-anxiety disorder. Hamilton was out of organized baseball for more than three years because of drug and alcohol abuse. Now they are the most coveted players on the open market.
The powerful narratives of Greinke and Hamilton, known to virtually all who pass through the Opryland ...