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December 8, 2013 at 7:28 PM

A few notes on what to expect from the winter meetings

Originally, I planned to post and write this blog post on my flight to Atlanta en route to Orlando for the 2013 MLB winter meetings.

But I managed to get a new Delta 737 that didn’t have its wi-fi hooked up yet. So you are getting this from Hartsfield-Jackson Airport where my connecting flight has been delayed for a few hours.

Basically, I wanted to outline a plan for our coverage.  I will be on the ground at the luxurious Swan & Dolphin resort. Here’s my story previewing the winter meetings.  Each day I will start out the morning with a running blog post with updates throughout the day. These could be notes or rumors or links, basically anything I think you guys might find important.

If something larger were to break, I will probably to do a separate blog post on that occurrence.

At approximately 4 p.m. (PST) on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, I will host a live chat where I can answer questions you may have. This could change if news breaks, but I will make sure to keep you posted.

On Thursday, there is the Rule 5 draft in the morning and then I will be flying back later in the afternoon

Most of you have Twitter and use it, but if not I recommend getting it. It’s immediate and filled with notes, rumors (some true, some absurd) and other stuff. I also recommend MLB Trade Rumors as well.

The winter meetings are from as glamorous as you might think. They are 12 hour days on the phone or in front of a computer. I usually try and get started between 8 and 9 a.m. each day, so with the time difference, you should have a blog to read when you get to work each morning.

I will definitely take some video of any press conferences including Lloyd McClendon’s press gathering. I won’t be doing video of me talking to you. I’m not skilled in how to do it, and I don’t want to frighten readers with my massive cranium.

As for the official Cano announcement, I haven’t heard anything. He is still scheduled to take his physical sometime early this week with a press conference a day later.

Obviously other moves by the Mariners would be predicated on Cano passing the physical, but that doesn’t mean they won’t get done in Orlando. So hopefully there’s some news to write about. The last time the meetings were in Orlando, the Mariners signed Miguel Olivo (shudder) and Jack Cust. They’ll be aiming a little higher this time.

I was asked several times on Twitter today if I thought Geoff’s comprehensive story on the Mariners front office dysfunction would drive free agents away.

The answer: I highly doubt it.

Free agents weren’t coming well before the story. Some of the stuff that Geoff reported was rumored around baseball, but nobody would go on record about the situation. While some of the stuff that went on will make you shake your head in disbelief, the vast majority of that didn’t affect the day to day well being and routines of the players. The drama seemed to be confined to a higher level away from the players.

This is a business. With free agents, they look at lot of things: the team, the organization’s past success, the location, the stadium and most of all,  the money. With Cano in tow (see what I did there), the Mariners can be aggressive with free agents. They can point to him as the example of a player that’s coming there. They’re hoping he can attract others along with Felix Hernandez.  If they put out good, strong offers (likely overpaying in some cases), they can sign players. If not, it likely won’t be because of Geoff’s story.




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