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Greetings from the Winter Meetings

Dec 6, 2010, 6:54 AM EDT

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I’ve been in Orlando for a little over 12 hours and it has already been a busier and crazier Winter Meetings than last year’s fete in Indianapolis.  For those of you who stay away from the web on the weekend, here’s what went down yesterday, with a taste of how the lobby (i.e. the hotel lobby full of drinky, chatty baseball executives, agents and press) was processing it all last night:

  • The Nationals gave Jayson Werth a seven-year, $126 million deal. No one understands this. It’s too much money. It’s too long a deal. It’s to a guy past 30.  This contract has the entire Winter Meetings crowd shocked. The fun game is for everyone to guess what, based on this deal to Werth, the younger, superior Carl Crawford can expect. The consensus: 112 years, 346 gajillion dollars;
  • The A’s said thanks but no thanks to Adrian Beltre. Most agree that the A’s were right to do so. It’s one thing to have a free agent turn you down. It’s another thing to have him ignore you while still being able to hold your offer to him out to other teams with whom he’d rather engage and say “see, I’m a hot property.”  The A’s don’t want to be used.
  • The Brewers traded second base prospect Brett Lawrie to Toronto for Shawn Marcum.  While Lawrie is technically the Brewers’ top prospect, some people I was talking to last night were less-than-impressed with him, believing him to be a head case and, frankly, not as good as some of the prospect-ranking types think he is.

And all of that was just the stuff that went down after I got off the plane.  The Meetings officially start today.  I’ll be posting from down here in Orlando all week, so like they used to say back when people listened to the radio: lock us in and rip off the dial.

  1. schmedley69 - Dec 6, 2010 at 8:17 AM

    Craig, you have the best job in the world!!

  2. basedrum777 - Dec 6, 2010 at 9:47 AM

    Over under on Lee in pinstripes by weeks end?

    • Rosenthals Speling Instrukter - Dec 6, 2010 at 10:04 AM

      He is in pinstripes by Christmas but not this week.

      • Utley's Hair - Dec 6, 2010 at 12:29 PM

        So he’s coming back to Philly?!?!? Or did you mean Minneapolis?

  3. apbaguy - Dec 6, 2010 at 11:34 AM

    Craig-is Gator coming up for a meet in Mouseworld?

    • Old Gator - Dec 6, 2010 at 1:02 PM

      Well, I’ve been coy with you on this question for about half a week now and you bought the coffee so you’re entitled to a straight answer.

      Nope, I have no intention whatsoever of dragging my reprobate carcass all the way to Orlando, especially not when something is going wrong with the androids in Celebration and may evidence a contagion of failure of their obedience chips.

      Anyway, Calcaterra has to remain poised on his toes all week. No way to relax, really, however decadent he might want you to think he is. On the other hand, when March rolls around and Craig has had quite enough thank you of that unnatural midwestern meteorological aberration they call winter, and he has a little time to kill before the training camps bloat up with hopefuls, comebacks, reclamations and wannabes, we’ll probably find some nice little Cuban cafe to hole up in for a couple of hours down here in Macondo, I’ll have three more jokes that could get him fired if repeated, and then we’ll wander over to the multimedia Scroogeworld exhibit over by the rapidly metastasizing Macondo Banana Massacre Field and show Craig firsthand the lengths Scrooge McLoria will go to to sucker the locals into coughing up the shekels for those weird partial season plans with which the Feesh keep coming up.

  4. Charles Gates - Dec 6, 2010 at 12:31 PM

    How the hotel’s bourbon selection down there? coughcompanycardcoughcough.

    • Old Gator - Dec 6, 2010 at 1:04 PM

      Watered down. You really had to ask?

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