Monday at the meetings
Even though I already had a small amount of news last night with Jim Riggleman’s pending hire, this is my welcome to you from the Winter Meetings in Dallas.
It’s a cornucopia of baseball folk here already, especially reporters and front office executives, here at the Hilton Anatole hotel. I will be essentially locked in here over the next four days and if this is similar to past meetings I’ve attended, I breathe fresh outdoor air about once the whole week. That means I will only see natural light probably once, since I have a hotel room here without a window. This might not be the worst thing ever, since it’s in the low-to-mid 30’s in Dallas today with a forecast of mixed rain/snow. It will be chilly all week, in fact. The last time the meetings were here, in 2005 I think, there was an ice storm that paralyzed the city. I was not staying at this meetings hotel so getting back to my hotel was quite an adventure I recall.
I’ve seen Walt Jocketty and his crew here Sunday night and I know there is a planned meeting with Brandon Phillips’ agents at some time today. Dusty Baker speaks to reporters at 2:30 pm CT today.
The meetings are already off to a hot start with last night’s signing of SS Jose Reyes to the Marlins for six years and $106 million. Stay tuned and we’ll see what else shakes out.