Back to work on Day 2 of the winter meetings
INDIANAPOLIS -- There is a Christmas tree in the lobby of the Indianapolis Marriott. A smallish bar that serves quesadillas and chicken wings. A Starbucks with eggnog latte. The reception desk is there somewhere. An escalator leads to the meetings rooms upstairs, one of which is commandeered by the media. There are a couple of banks of elevators.
And dozens of restless, chatty baseball officials, agents, reporters swapping rumors, tall tales and tidbits regarding the developments upstairs, where 30 teams are conducting the business of the baseball winter meetings.
There will continue to be loads of speculation regarding the Detroit Tigers' and possible trades involving Curtis Granderson, Justin Verlander, Miguel Cabrera and Edwin Jackson. The guess here is that at week's end, Jackson will be the only one traded or close to being traded.
The Japanese media will be working feverishly to discover where a national hero, Hideki Matsui, plays next season. The Angels are showing interest.
Toronto's new GM, Alex Anthopoulos, will keep a tight lid on trade talks involving Roy Halladay, the Blue Jays painfully aware that being more forthcoming paid painful dividends for his predecessor, J.P. Ricciardi.
And Red Sox officials, who tend to shun the lobby at such events as if worried a swine-flu epidemic might break out at any time, will continue to work on striking a deal with free-agent left fielder Jason Bay, adding to the back end of their pitching rotation, sweet-talking the Padres about Adrian Gonzalez, laying low on Halladay and watching where the market may fall for Holliday, the No. 1 alternative to Bay.
We'll keep you posted as the day unfolds. First tidbit of the day comes from SI's Tom Verducci, who writes that plans are afoot for MLB to open the 2011 season in Australia, and that the Red Sox have been mentioned as one possibility. We're checking it out.