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November 3, 2008 at 3:05 PM

Greetings from paradise

Hello, everyone, Larry Stone here. I’m finally ensconsed at the St. Regis Resort here in Dana Point, Calif., site of the general manager’s meetings. I’m not a big Southern California guy (despite having grown up here, in Whittier), but I’ve got to admit, this is a lovely spot, right on the beach. I just ate lunch in a restaurant overlooking the ocean, where we watched a school of dolphins frolicking right in front of us. Sorry to say to all of you in Seattle, but it’s sunny and warm. Don’t feel too badly — I doubt if I’ll get outside again for the next four days. Lots of lobby lurking ahead.
We even got some news, hot off the presses. The Mariners have put outfielder Mike Wilson on their 40-man roster, thus keeping him from being eligible for other teams to take in next month’s Rule 5 draft. OK, it’s not a blockbuster, but it’s all I’ve got right now. Wilson is 25, and the Mariners hope he’s a late bloomer. He was their second-round pick in the 2001 draft, and hasn’t advanced past Double A yet. But he’s big and strong (6-2, 240), a switch-hitter, and has some promise. He hit .276 with 27 homers and 84 RBI (but 117 strikeouts in 406 at-bats) last year for West Tennessee (AA). The Mariners’ 40-man roster is now full at 40 with this move and last week’s activation of Mike Morse from the 60-day disabled list.
All else is quiet at the moment, with the GMs themselves tied up in meetings. We will be meeting with new GM Jack Zduriencik in an hour or so, so I’ll have an update on the day’s activities. Try to remember that these meetings rarely result in transactions (although Brad Lidge was acquired last year by Pat Gillick; that worked out well). But it will be a good opportunity for Zduriencik to network with his new peers and set the groundwork for something to possibly happen at the winter meetings, which will be next month in Las Vegas.
The press corps is waiting for Scott Boras to arrive and hold court in the lobby, as he is famous for doing. Boras is a a big player this winter, representing Mark Teixeira and Manny Ramirez, among others. Since his office is practically right down the street, he’ll be readily available.
I’ll be back later. Right now I need to call Geoff’s hot line and see if I can get a question in.

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