Do not tell that to 18-year-old Chris Cotillo, who has already broken several Major League Baseball deals, reported on signings, attended the winter meetings and much more. Cotillo, a high school senior from Northborough, MA, was kind enough to take time out of his hectic schedule to tell us about how he got into covering baseball as well as his feelings on the best and worst deals off the off-season so far.
CC: I realized that I wanted to be doing something in the game at a very young age. I used to keep free agent trackers on Excel when I was 5 or 6, and then did mock press conferences with printed-out team logos on the walls behind me when I was very little. It wasn't until a couple years ago that I realized that reporting/writing would be the career path for me, but I couldn't be happier to pursue it now.
CC: I write almost exclusively for MLBDailyDish.com of the SB Nation network, and we try to cover every important transaction or rumor that will affect teams' 40-man rosters. I aggregate news from everywhere, but have recently focused on emphasizing the news I'm getting directly from inside sources throughout the league. Readers appreciate and value original content, so I try to produce as much of it as I can.
CC: Nothing too specific, but I think there is a weird trend occurring where free agent signings are overpriced and trade additions under-priced. Teams adding players via free agency are paying premiums for what seems to be sub-par talent, while teams adding via trade have done very well to not overpay.
PH: Is there anything else you'd like to share with FanIQ readers?