Teenage MLB Insider Phenom Talks Trades and Signings

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Dec 12, 2013; Settle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano (22) answers a question during a press conference at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY SportsIt is not very often that a teenager gets to be an insider for a specific professional sports these days.

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.
PH: At one point in your life, even though you've lived just 18 years of it, did you realize that you wanted to be an MLB reporter?
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.
PH: Tell us about what your roles are at the various sites you cover baseball/MLB for.
I write almost exclusively for 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.
PH: What was it like covering the Winter Meetings? What are some of things you learned whether it'd be about being a reporter, the league itself, etc.?
CC: That was the experience of a lifetime, I enjoyed every second of it. I learned that the baseball world is extremely accepting of the new kid, and that everyone is really supportive of someone (even if they are a competitor in some ways) who is chasing a dream. It was really interesting to see the baseball world working live and in-person, with reporters, general managers, managers, players and just about everyone else who is important in baseball milling around one building for an entire week.
PH: In your opinion, what has been the best deal/signing of the MLB off-season so far? Why?
CC: I actually really like the Tim Hudson deal for the Giants. I know there are injury and age concerns with him, but I thought they got a really good deal before the starting pitching market was set at its extremely high level.
PH: In your opinion, what has been the worst deal/signing of the MLB off-season so far? Why?
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?
CC: I'm thankful to be asked to do this interview and really appreciate the readers taking the time to read it. To keep up on my work, please follow on twitter at @ChrisCotillo and check out
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