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December 2, 2007 at 5:02 PM

Arrived in Nashville

Lots of rain pounding the tarmac here as my hopover flight from Houston arrived in Nashville. As I made my way towards the rental car booths, I spotted a limo driver holding up a sign reading “Epstein”. Good to know that Boston Red Sox GM Theo Epstein is only just arriving here (of course the limo was for him…who’d you think? Comes with the World Series rings) given that he could have plenty to say about how the Johan Santana sweepstakes plays out. Here’s an interesting development on that front.
Not sure the M’s can trump the Yankee offer. Seattle does indeed, as one source indicated late this week, seem like a “second tier” competitor for the moment. Of course, if those rumors are true that the Yankees will pull out of the Santana bidding unless their offer is accepted in the next couple of days, things could become very interesting indeed.
The Mariners, as many of you know already, decided not to offer arbitration to any of their free-agent eligible players. A little surprised on the Jose Guillen front, since the team would have received a compensatory draft pick once he signs elsewhere. Then again, the news that Guillen reportedly bought steroids and human growth hormone a few years back might have reduced the market for his services. Already, the Baltimore Orioles have said they aren’t interested and they usually drool at the chance to pick up a bat. Perhaps the M’s were worried Guillen might actually accept arbitration and come back for another year?
Who knows? But he’s officially free, clear and gone from Seattle.
All the fun starts tomorrow. No word yet on Hiroki Kuroda’s decision.

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