I apologize for the lack of post yesterday. As for the meetings, I've tried to talk to several people from different teams, and here is what they had to say:
1) Cubs management doesn't have a clue if they trade DeRosa away in any deal
2) The trade for Gregg has both been praised, but when I saw the Pirates guys again, I asked them about this, and they said most of the people they talked to were puzzled by this, and that some teams had already pegged him as a non-tender, and were preparing to sign him. They thought Hendry got absolutely taken on this one, because evidently, Ceda has a pretty big name in the minors evidently among scouting circles.
3)I asked about Veal in the Rule 5, and unfortunately, it seems he has no real value at all. He has fallen out of sight in the eyes of many, but they did say some team will take a flier on him, and based on the upside, will take him high in the draft.
4)Finally, the biggest thing that I heard was the very real possibility that Soriano would be swapped for another big contract (ie.-Vernon Wells, Beltran, and one of the guys even suggested Hendry had an infatuation with Manny to replace him). The Cubs, for whatever bizarre reason, are really high on Tyler Colvin, and think he can be with the team in September. Can you believe that?!?!?
Anyway, I have one final thing. Neil, can you give me your personal e-mail...I have to send you a story for your eyes only.