Just rolled into the Swan & Dolphin Resort here at Disney. Brian Cashman and Co. are not scheduled to arrive until much later. In fact, I think Cashman is not getting here until Monday morning. That’s not particularly unusual. Things are usually pretty quiet on this arrival day of the Winter Meetings, and that seems to be the case so far.
The thing that seems to be generating today’s early buzz in the baseball community — or at least the baseball writers community — is this remarkable piece on the dysfunction within the Mariners front office. Geoff Baker did a great job of getting key people to go on the record to support claims from other unnamed sources. It’s a pretty ugly look behind the scenes.
Good luck out there, Robbie!
A few other quick notes as things are getting settled here in Orlando.
• Across the state in Tampa Bay, Marc Topkin takes a look at the Rays inevitable David Price trade. Topkin notes that, while it seems a matter of time before Price is traded, the Rays have to weigh several factors in determining when exactly they can maximize his value. Could happen this winter, or the Rays could hold off.
• If you missed it, CC Sabathia was at an event for his wife’s clothing line yesterday and he expressed surprise at Robinson Cano leaving for Seattle. “Just a player like that, putting on the pinstripes, and being able to play your whole career in New York means something — to me, obviously,” Sabathia told reporters. “It didn’t mean that much to him.”
• The Yankees have announced that Notre Dame and Rutgers will play in this year’s Pinstripe Bowl. Seems like a combination with pretty good drawing power. The game will be Saturday, December 28.
• Speaking of football, based on the above AP picture, it looks like Joe Girardi was at yesterday’s SEC championship game. He’s from Illinois, which is right next to Missouri, so maybe he was doing his best to cheer for my Mizzou Tigers. Alas…
Associated Press photo