Why is it called the 'hot stove' season?
The term "hot stove" was already around baseball when this scene in the Red Sox clubhouse was photographed in 1928, as the phrase has origins dating back to the early 1900s when fans gathered around a pot-bellied stove to discuss the issues of the day. For baseball fans excited about the possibilities a new season will bring in the spring, the term refers to the cold winter months where the passionate discussion continues about the summer game.
As many significant transactions take place between now and the end of winter, the time period is also referred to as the "hot stove league." The hot stove season is officially underway because the qualifying offer period has passed and players who are free agents can sign now with other teams.