Good morning from Day 2 of the general managers meetings. Lots to get to. But first, I'd like to debunk a small myth about Southern California. It does rain here. In fact, it is drizzling right now. The power was out in my hotel when I woke up this morning, which to me immediately indicated that I had slept through an earth quake. Turns out, it was just a little mechanical failure.
Now, on to the run down.
1) I've received several emails already this morning taking umbrage with Ruben Amaro's comments about Pat Burrell that I noted in my Five Priorities for the Offseason Story. Amaro said something to the effect of, if we don't sign Pat Burrell, we might have to replace him with internal candidates like the "Geoff Jenkinses and Matt Stairses" of the world. Naturally, this has elicited a stirring response from "Phillies Are Cheap" Nation. But I hope common sense will prevail here. Amaro is not a ding dong. He wasn't saying that Jenkins and Stairs are his No. 1 option. I'm sure the Phillies will inquire about Matt Holliday, though judging from the buzz here at the GM meetings, a deal seems unlikely. The Rockies are not just going to give him away. And at some point, mortgaging the farm for one year of a Scott Boras client who is a notably different hitter outside of Coors Field doesn't make sense. There are some free agent options, including Raul Ibanez. But the fact remains, Stairs and Jenkins are here for another year, with Jenkins set to earn $6.5 million. Is a platoon in right field featuring Stairs or Jenkins and a serviceable right-handed hitting outfielder the best case scenario? No. But it could happen.
2) How are the Mets looking to improve? Judging by what GM Omar Minaya said yesterday at the meetings, they won't be investing heavily in bolstering their line-up. Raul Ibanez's name has been mentioned by several national baseball writers. But first and foremost the Mets are looking to bolster their bullpen. Rick Thurman, also known as the agent for Colorado closer Brian Fuentes, did his best to throw the Mets toward the top of the bidding for his client. The Mets and Fuentes will talk. Don't be surprised if the Phillies face him next season.