Setting up at the Winter Meetings

RAB arrives in Vegas
Setting up Vegas with a rumor round-up

So we’re here, we’re registered, and we’ve feasted on the Bellagio buffet (couldn’t have asked for much more; we had a hard time walking back to our hotel). So while we digest, here are some pictures from the early goings.

Yep, that’s us. For some reason, I had this nagging fear that something would have gotten screwed up and we wouldn’t have gotten these.

The press room. We’re 90 percent certain Jerry Crasnick of ESPN was in there. On our way out, we 100 percent saw Gene Monahan, who was there for the trainers conference.

NERDS!!!!! Seriously, this is one comprehensive stat package. No wOBA, though.

This is the TOC of the cool binder they gave us. Disappointingly, the Rule 5 worksheet lists all teams, not just team which have picks.

This is probably all we’ve got for tonight. Everyone’s getting here and getting settled in, and even then a lot of people are flying in tomorrow morning. Mike and I will have a drink for each of you.

The Greg Maddux press conference is at 11:30 tomorrow, so we’ll be there for that, as will most everyone there I assume. Girardi’s availability is on Tuesday, and we’ll probably pop in for Torre’s on Wednesday.

‘Till then…

RAB arrives in Vegas
Setting up Vegas with a rumor round-up
  • Eric

    Define: jealous.

    Have a great time and keep up the good work, guys.

  • Mike Pop

    Dye for Bailey ? MLBTR says it might be done

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Yep. Strange for Ken Williams. We could actually see this move coming.

      • Mike Pop

        Good or bad move by Kenny ?

        • pat

          cant see how trading a 34 yr old corner OF for a 22 yr old former 31 prospect can ever really be a bad deal

          • pat

            #1 prospect… damn

            • Mike Pop

              Would you of dealt Nady for Homer ?

              • pat

                well our situation is a little different. We could trade nady put swisher in right and sign dunn or tex to play 1b. Or swish at 1b and sign dunn for right.

                • Mike Pop

                  Id do it even if it meant using Bailey in a possible trade for Peavy or another useful guy who could potentially be on the trade market

                • Jay CT

                  Anyone have any idea what kind of numbers may come from Jay Bruce this season? Late round pick in my dynasty league… thats the only reason I am interested in Dye going there, lol

                • Mike Pop
                • Mike Pop

                  Was a good pick if Bill James is right

                • christopher

                  are the reds trying to win this year? i know he has lost the luster a bit, but Baily is still 22 years old and was obviously rushed to the majors

                • Mike Pop

                  He lost his velocity bad

                • Chris

                  The lost velocity is the only thing that would concern me. Young pitchers struggle, but they generally don’t lose 5+ MPH off their fastball unless there is something wrong with them.

              • Troy

                if that came up? yes. you could put Swisher in right and sign Teixeira to play 1B… and you’d get a former top prospect. Win-win in my book

                But I doubt that would be offered to the Yankees. eh, we can always ho

              • http://liberalmusings.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

                No way (from a Reds standpt.) Dye > Nady in every way except age defense (and the latter’s debatable).

                • Ron

                  And salary. Dye will make $11.5 mil in ’09 vs. Nady’s $3.35 mil, which is probably more important to the Reds.

                • A.D.

                  Either player is a one year thing with 2 picks coming. That works for Dye or Nady, Nady cheaper.

                  Personally I’d be interested in this deal

          • Mike Pop

            Would of been if Bailey was a Yankee

        • Ivan

          Hey he did quite well trading for young arms like Danks and Floyd. Why not take a chance on Bailey who has the best arm of the three and Cooper can certainly help him with his mechanics and stuff.

      • http://liberalmusings.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

        I know this was never a rumor, but why couldn’t the Yankees trade Damon for Bailey? Damon gives them more of what they need–a leadoff guy with power and discipline, not to mention a LF. I’m not 100% sold on Casey Dickerson yet–and apparently, they aren’t either if they traded for Dye.

        • Mike Pop

          They wanted a right handed bat

        • A.D.

          They want a middle of the order bat, and right handed

  • Mike Pop

    I am jealous though.

  • mustang

    I hate you guys.

    ENJOY.

  • Brooklyn Ed
  • Troy

    What? Ben didn’t go?

    oh well

    • Manimal

      Yeah, why isnt ben there?

    • pat

      finals

      • Joey

        bleh, I have finals too Ben, sucks

        • Eric

          Me three. I’ve got nothing on Mon/Tues but teh end of the week is really loaded. Blech.

  • Manimal

    You guys need spy gear, like legit rig the whole place up and listen to people’s side conversations. How bout that for hearing whispers.

    • Mike Pop

      We can hear everything Epstein says

  • Bryan

    Thats awesome guys. Have fun.

  • Joey H

    Gonna grab a beer with PeteAbe?

    • pat

      WHATEVER YOU DO DONT GET BETWEEN HIM AND A BUFFET!!!

      • Mike Pop

        Lol

  • http://jobatheheat jobatheheat

    MLBTR just reported that Omar will be making a offer to K-Rod tonight.

    • Ivan

      5 Years at 60M?

      • Mike Pop

        Doubt it.. They wont go past 4

      • A.D.

        Rumor was 3, maybe 3 with 4th vesting

  • christopher

    i know this sounds pathetic, but i am just gonna say it…i wish i was you guys. that has got to be the all time coolest vacation (and its not even a vacation)

    congrats on the success guys

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      Seconded.

      • Miles Roche

        Thirded?

  • Chief

    hope you guys have a great time covering the winter meetings. my dream is to cover baseball as a sportswriter/journalist in my future, and i love reading your site. congrats on all the success u guys have had, and even more in the future =]

  • Mike Pop

    Going to be a fun week

  • Manimal

    Could you give times with the time zone your talking about, is the Maddux thing 11:30 MT or ET

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      11:30 am Pacific Time, so 2:30 back home.

      • Manimal

        thanks.

  • Mister Delaware

    Would you mind knocking on Cashman’s door and asking him if he’s looked into Hermida? That’s a lot of talent to possibly be had at a reasonable price.

  • Kevin G.

    What day is the rule v draft/last day of meetings? BTW, did Mike say he was going to live blog the draft?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      I’m going to try. We’ll see what happens. It starts at 9am (Pacific) on Thursday.

      • Mister Delaware

        (In case you were wondering twice)

    • Mister Delaware

      Thursday.

    • Mister Delaware

      Thursday.

      • Mister Delaware

        (You know what, I give up. Time for bed.)

    • E-ROC

      I think it’s thursday.

  • Ivan

    You guys feel so exclusive don’t ya.

    PS: Both ya guys last names are quite funny especially Joe’s.

  • Mike Pop

    CC’s agent requested the meetings

    • http://jobatheheat jobatheheat

      what do you make of that? Suposedly Cashmans is tonight. What time is it there now.

      • Manimal

        4 hour difference, so 7 pm.

  • AndrewYF

    You guys should write a list of RAB suggestions and slip it under Cashman’s door.

    • Steve H

      Sane RAB suggestions only please.

      • AndrewYF

        I meant RAB Staff suggestions. Not that NYA/CHN trade posted on another thread.

  • dkidd

    i’ve never been more jealous of anyone in my entire life!

    have a blast and dig up some scoops

  • Manimal

    CC’s agent requested a meeting with both the yankees and sox? Does that mean the sox are seriously in the CC bidding?? Or is CC’s agent saying that to make Cashmen up the bid.

    • pat

      Exactly, cc’s agent saw the sox fuck up our santana trade negotiations and is hoping he can use them to drive the price up on CC. Theo I imagine is happy to oblige.

    • http://jobatheheat jobatheheat

      I think CCs agent meeting with sox is more about judging there agresivness to get Tex. So then he can comunicate with Angels before finaly giving us our answer. Shouldnt efect our ofer money wise.

    • Steve H

      CC’s agent wants to tell Cash in person how much CC despises New York, the East Coast, AL Baseball, $140 million, etc, etc, etc. That’s what we’ve been reading for weeks, but apparently Cash hasn’t gotten it thru his head, so they want to make it clear to him.

      • http://jobatheheat jobatheheat

        Are you trying to be sarcastic or serious

        • Steve H

          1000% sarcastic. All of that “leaked” crap is negotiation. It’s a way to drive up the price for the Yankees.

          • http://jobatheheat jobatheheat

            I agree.

  • dkidd

    i seriously doubt theo’s gonna give up any info re tex. it’s a poker match right now

  • dkidd

    but i’m definitely paranoid that cc is hoping the angels lose out on tex and make him an offer

    • http://jobatheheat jobatheheat

      me to. Thats wht we need to tell CC he has till friday then the offer is gone. We can not let him wait til Tex signs. And miss out on all FA.

      • Steve H

        No. Big free agents don’t sign by December 12th, so you don’t pull the offer. Giambi, who everyone knew wanted to go to the Yankees, fit a need for the Yankees (and their cash) didn’t sign until December 13th. It would be ridiculous to pull the offer for CC by December 12th. Many big FA’s don’t sign until January, some February. Don’t worry, TSJC’s burrito will finally be done someday, but let’s not rush it, we don’t want the center to be frozen when he takes that first bite.

        • http://jobatheheat jobatheheat

          Ill take some deep breaths. my bad. Just see this all about CC wanting to wait on Tex signinfg first as CC still holding for Angels. What do you make of it.

  • peavy for cano

    lohud has a pic of cashman wearing his world series ring while waiting for a cab

  • http://everythingbaseball.wordpress.com Aaron

    Definitely jealous. Have a good time guys.

  • Bryan

    Peteabe reporting Dye for Bailey, just fyi

    • pat

      false rumors

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  • Miles Roche

    Ha Haaaaaaaaaa!
    Now we get to know the mystery men behind RAB. It’s Mike Axisa, Joe Pawlikowski & Ben K.
    One minute, Ben who? Anybody know his last name?