This year, the fun of Major League Baseball's winter meetings began a week early.

Team executives, scouts and agents will begin descending on the Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Fla., for the annual meetings after a busy week of signings and trades. The meetings begin Monday.

Center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury already found a home, agreeing to terms with the New York Yankees for seven years and $153 million. The Mariners spent $240 million across 10 years to bring the best free agent in the class, second baseman Robinson Cano, to Seattle.

The Houston Astros traded for outfielder Dexter Fowler and the Washington Nationals acquired starter Doug Fister. The Oakland Athletics signed starter Scott Kazmir and made three trades.

The Pirates have not entered the fray. They have not signed a major league free agent. They have made three minor trades: to re-acquire reliever Duke Welker, add reliever Miles Mikolas and outfielder Jaff Decker and bring in Chris Stewart as a backup catcher.

"We continue to have a number of dialogues on a number of different fronts," general manager Neal Huntington said. "We were just not one of the clubs where something came together."

When the Pirates do engage, they will do so in a market that has changed. Starter Tim Lincecum, who had a 4.76 ERA over the past two seasons, re-signed with the San Francisco Giants for $35 million across two years. Kazmir, who did not pitch in the majors in 2012, signed for two years and $22 million after rebounding in Cleveland in 2013. Starter Phil Hughes got $24 million for three years from the Minnesota Twins after going 4-14 with a 5.19 ERA last season.

"We think there's a number of factors," Huntington said. "Quality and quantity of available talent, needs of clubs, more clubs feeling like they're closer to a playoff berth. There's any number of factors and there's several more above and beyond that, but it's been an active market.

"You typically look at Novembers past and that's where clubs that are aggressive go out and, in some people's minds, overpay for guys. The industry felt like we overpaid for [Russell] Martin a year ago."

The Pirates finished the regular season with a $73.6 million payroll, according to the Associated Press, citing MLB's latest calculations. They have $42.75 million committed to seven players for 2014, $5.5 million of that coming from Houston for Wandy Rodriguez. They tendered contracts to seven arbitration-eligible players, which adds about $20 million to the payroll.