RAMBLINGS FROM THE MEETINGS

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Hey guys...I arrived here in Vegas yesterday, only to find out that I do not have free internet access at the hotel. I found a little cove in the convention center with free wireless, but I'm limited to 30 minutes/day....needless to say, this will be short...

Upon arriving at the Bellagio, I ran into Bobby Cox, Jim Fregosi, Peter Gammons, Bobby Valentine, Ken Rosenthal (dude, is seriously a smurf...my gosh he's tiny)....P Diddy (yes, that dude).

Then, later last night at the Hilton Casino, I ran into Roy Oswalt, Orlando Palmeiro, and, yes...JAKE PEAVY....

All of the guys were super nice, save for Fregosi, who did not seem friendly to me when I introduced myself...

When I asked Peavy about his destination, and mentioned the Cubs, he just smiled....hmmmmmmmmmmm

Him and Oswalt were with like 4 girls between the two of them...it was very interesting to say the least, especially given the fact that they were at the Hilton...I'm thinking to myself----dude, you have like $20 million/year, what the hell are you doing at the Hilton?!?!?!

I was playing blackjack with a colleague of mine, and he was totally oblivious to all of this. I practically had to point directly at them so he'd know....he was a little drunk at the time too, so that could have something to do with it.

....ah, yes...you want rumors, don't you?

Here's what I know:
-everyone is worried about the economy. I can't tell you how many minor league AND major league executives I've run into here that have said that very thing. It puts every damn team in a bind, and frankly, I don't know how much I buy into that. I actually believe that it's an excuse to cut back, and put more money in the pockets of owners.

-everyone seems to be running around scared to tell you the truth. The D'Backs laid off a ton of people. After Rogers passed away, the Blue Jays laid off a bunch of people as well. It's just bizzarre.

-The vibe that I'm getting is that you will see a lot of below market deals, and quite a few veterans that will be out of work, and accept minor league deals come spring training. I think this is why I've seen o many "scrubs" here at the meetings too...they're all looking for work.

-As for the Cubs, I haven't heard much, and hopefully by tomorrow, I'll have a better idea....Jim (TP), believe it or not, I was actually looking for Hendry very hard, and couldn't find him. I saw nearly every other GM hanging around the Bellagio. What this tells me, is that he's off with Towers, because I did not see Towers either.....makes you wonder if something's happening soon.

Anyway, that's all for now...I'll update tomorrow with my 30 minutes free, unless I find another wi-fi hotspot. I'm virtually broke, and my company won't pick up the wi-fi...ugggggggggghhh