Good morning from the Winter Meetings

Reassessing the arbitration decisions
Fool me once...

It’s not even 8am here in Vegas, and we’ve already spotted Joe Girardi & Gene Monahan talking it up in the bowels of the Bellagio as we walked to the press room. We didn’t go over to introduce ourselves, Girardi looked like he was ready to rumble. We also spotted Billy Beane chatting with someone important looking in one of the hallways. Cool stuff.

There’s exactly six other people in the press room right now, so I guess most of the media is sleeping off their wild Sunday night. Joe and I don’t expect to be breaking any big news or rumors while we’re here, but we will pass along any info we manage to dig up. Right now we’re just trying not to step on anyone’s toes, and not look like fools. Check back often, we’ll be here all week.

Update (8:15am): We went looking for coffee and almost had a Homer Simpson-George Harrison moment with Billy Beane “Oh my God! Where did you get that breakfast!” Buck Martinez is recording a radio show next door, and you have to walk right by him to get the free coffee and breakfast (which we eventually found). The media room is ever so slowly starting to fill out, and they’re setting up for the HOF Press Conference, which starts at 10.

Update (8:40am): We have major breaking news from Vegas: Sweeny Murti is in the house. There’s not a whole lot going on, most of the media guys are just catching up with each other after not having seen one another in a while, and other than Billy Beane (who went into the trainer’s conference) there’s not an exec (that I recognize) to be found. I’ll pick up soon.

Reassessing the arbitration decisions
Fool me once...
  • http://jobatheheat jobatheheat

    Just read that the meeting went great with CC. =MLBTR

    • A.D.

      but I wonder what does that actually mean, I suppose if nothing else it would mean he is very interested in NY

  • Derek

    do you guys know anywhere that i could find CC’s historical salary over the years?

    • Mike A.


      It’s alphabetical by last name, so just scroll down to find him.

    • A.D.

      Per Cot’s:

      C.C. Sabathia lhp
      2 years/$17.75M (2007-08)

      * acquired in trade from Cleveland 7/7/08
      * signed extension 4/05 (Cleveland picked up 2006 option at same time)
      * 07:$8.75M, 08:$9M
      * may earn $7.75M in award & performance bonuses:
      o up to $2M in 2006, $3M in 2007, $2.75M in 2008
      o award bonuses for top 5 finish in MVP vote or top 2 finish in Cy Young vote ($0.25M for 2007 Cy Young)
      o 2007 Cy Young increases 2008 salary to $11M
      o $0.1M award bonus for All Star selection
      * 4 years/$9.5M (2002-05), plus 2006 option
      o $1M signing bonus
      o 02:$0.45M, 03:$0.85M, 04:$2.45M, 05:$4.5M, 06:$7M club option ($0.25M buyout)
      o 2006 option guaranteed with 405 IP (2004-05) or 540 IP (2003-05) (vested 4/05)
      o award bonus: $0.1M for All Star selection
      * agent: Scott Parker, Brian Peters, Legacy Sports
      * drafted 1998 (1-20)
      * ML service: 7.000

      Curt Schilling rhp

  • Rob

    Why is Gene Monahan at the Winter meetings? Seriously, what can he add? Is he going to tell CC how they’ll ice his shoulder after a start?

    • Brooklyn Ed

      so the players that Cashman signed/traded for could have a physical exam if the player been often injuried alot, instead of flying to NY. See Ben Sheets.

      but I could be wrong.

    • steve (different one)

      when i first read that my brain saw “Michael” not Monahan. that is kindof funny.

    • UWS

      Isn’t there some kind of trainers’ conference onsite as well?

      • steve (different one)

        maybe Monahan is the one who cuts Girardi’s hair. that would make a lot of sense.

    • Joseph P.

      There’s a meeting for trainers and team doctors here, too.

      • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

        Is Morgana the Kissing Bandit there for the meeting for groupies, stalkers, attention hounds, and crazy fuckers?

    • DanElmaleh

      trainer’s conference.

  • pat

    Thanks we’ll be here all week
    Dont forget to tip the veal and try your waitress!!

  • A.D.

    Why would the Yankees ever be interested in Tek, Posada shoulder or not

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

      Dude, you’re quoting the Does that answer your question?

      • Matt M

        or try he who must not be named (george king)’s last second crap about sliding joba back into the bullpen if the yankees acquired a pitching surplus.. how is that man employed?

      • A.D.

        Someone still wrote it… and I would expect the Herald to be bashing Tek about not being a team player and that the Sox have put up with him too long as is



    As the Winter Meetings are upon us, a question arises which I believe has not been adequatley answered to date:


    Is it me, or did the fat ass pitch 6+ years in CLEVELAND and half a season in MILWAUKEE??? Two cities of which he professed his loved for and pitched great in….

    Why is it, that now all of a sudden, he won’t be happy anywhere except the West Coast? The guy hasn’t been on the West Coast since High School.

    What the fuck is going on??? Is this just an overblown anti-Yankee media controversy?

    • Matt

      Well, he was drafted by the Indians and traded to the Brewers; he didn’t really have much control there did he now?

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

      Urge to kill… rising…

    • Jay CT

      Seriously. Stop to think what the differences are. He is now FREE to make his own choices… kind of the whole point of FREE agency. I am certain every team in baseball would like to have him pitch for them. He has the option of deciding who he should pitch for. I know the whole concept may be hard to understand, but try and keep up

  • Ross

    Hey guys –

    I’d like to first admit that I think it is awesome that you guys are covering this stuff from Vegas and I would love to be doing the same thing.

    That being said, your reporting of who you see there is coming off like you are little high school girls seeing the Varsity Football stud. In other words, it is coming off incredibly lame. I understand your excitement, but any sort of credibility you built up by getting a media pass for the meetings is quickly being diminished by your little girl sightings of Billy Beane.

    The only reason I am posting this is because I’m a huge fan of your site and always have been. I’d hate to see you lose credibility because of your excitement about being there!

    • Mike A.


    • Joseph P.

      What, you didn’t know that we were trying to be the Page 6 of the Winter Meetings?

      Seriously, these posts are the result of nothing really happening — or us not really finding anything. Clearly, we’re excited, and clearly that will cool off.

      • Mike Pop

        I want to hear about everyone you see to be honest

        • Marsha

          Me too. And just because you report to us how exciting it is to see these guys doesn’t mean you’re standing there gushing (I hope). I see non-baseball celebs all the time in NYC and I get really excited and tell everyone I know but I don’t march up to them and tell them what a big fan I am.

          • Mike A.

            Nah, we just walk by. We don’t stand their gushing.

            • Bruno

              I’d also like to know who you see, especially if you see them talking to each other (speculation and all);)

              • Ross

                I’m all about you guys reporting what you see… I was just giving some feedback how it is coming off.

                Reporting that you see Billy Beane in the back-hallway of the Bellagio talking serious business is actually newsworthy. Sweeny Murti and Jerry Crasnick sightings? Not so much.

                But seriously, keep up the good work and I hope I didn’t offend you guys at all!

            • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

              Nah, we just walk by. We don’t stand their gushing.

              Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you, Mike and Joe at the Winter Meetings:


    • steve (different one)

      i think you are underestimating just how handsome Billy Beane is.