It’s Tuesday, and business hours are open for readers to share the Winter Meetings' dirty little secrets in this virtual hot stove champagne room.
I wish I was a fly on the Bellagio salad bar to watch Ruben Amaro and his briefcase dart in and out of hotel rooms like the character in “Elevator Action.” Following reported talks with everyone from the Minnesota Twins about outfielder Delmon Young, along with the possible three-way with Chicago and San Diego for Penn product Mark DeRosa, the latest tease finds the St. Louis Cardinals behind one of the midnight doors, tempting Amaro with an orgy of well-oiled outfielders, including Ryan Ludwick, (.299/.375/.591, 37 HR), who would meet the Phils’ need for a throbbing right-handed bat. The Cardinals are reportedly seeking help for the bullpen, and the Phils have the voluptuous goods. We’ll see whether this turns into a meaningful relationship or just a one-night stand. It’s business time, Rube. Set your phone to vibrate.
Meanwhile, the steak dinner appears to have paid off for the Mets, who are close to scoring with Francisco Rodriguez. We’ll see if the quesadilla appetizer and TGI Friday appletini will have the same effect on Nick Punto.