In the first three years of his tenure as Phillies general manager, Ruben Amaro Jr. quickly established himself as the most interesting man of baseball's annual winter meetings.

Some years, Amaro's goals were obvious. In others – like last winter – he flew a tad under the radar. But regardless of the spectacle, the seeds were always set for a blockbuster.

So, what are fans to make of Amaro's four days in Dallas this week that amounted to virtually nothing of substance?

In truth, the biggest moves of the offseason were attended to well before last week's summit of general managers, agents, players and front office executives.