(Many of the tables at The Bellagio are only $10, a concession to the slumping economy. So there are a lot of scurvy characters playing at what is a very nice casino. I was doing pretty well but felt compelled to leave when the guy next to me refused to hit on his 14s or 13s against face cards but was hitting on 15s against a 4. Of course he kept winning and everybody else would lose. The two other guys at the table and I were ready to give him a code red.)
I did see a few other team officials, including Joe Girardi, and there is a general sense that the Yankees will get this done. Sabathia didn’t request three meetings with the Yankees in as many days for no reason.
It comes down to this: the Angels, Dodgers and Giants have stayed out of the game. If the Yankees wrap up Sabathia, they can then play Burnett, Lowe and Sheets off each other and make the best deal.
Jeff Passan, who does a terrific job covering baseball for Yahoo! Sports, made a lot of friends earlier tonight when he went to the local In-N-Out Burger and came back to the press workroom with a pile of burgers and fries. He was accompanied by Kevin Kaduk, who does the very fine Big League Stew blog for Yahoo! Jeff and Kevin are long-time friends of this blog.
If you’ve been to In-N-Out, you know what I’m talking about. There was much happiness. Lance Burton couldn’t have made those burgers disappear faster than we did. Cheesy Vegas jokes. I’ll be here all week.
The Yankees writers took time out from grumbling about rewriting the CC story to race each other to the back of the room. Dan Graziano of the Ledger won said a source who was granted anonymity because he was not given permission to speak of Graziano’s speed.
The Twins have made Delmon Young available, a week or so after Ron Gardenhire essentially said he was their fourth outfielder. At first glance, Young looks like an attractive player to at least consider. But the Rays moved him last winter and now the Twins want to move him again. Both of those teams have good track records of correctly evaluating their own talent.
Sometimes trades are simply good baseball trades. Sometimes teams just want to get rid of guys they don’t like.
Outside of the buffet, the longest line here is for general managers who want nothing to do with Manny Ramirez. Red Sox (obviously), Mets, Yankees, Giants and even the Angels, who said it would take some unusual series of events. Tigers? Nope. Rays? Too expensive. Blue Jays? No money.
Scott Boras is good at getting teams to bid against themselves (as the Yankees for for A-Rod last season), but where is he going other than the Dodgers? Manny wouldn’t last 10 minutes in the no-hope environments of Baltimore and Washington.
By the time this whole mess is over, many players are not going to get what they thought when it started.