It ain’t Vegas, and it ain’t Indianapolis, either, but business hours are open for readers to share the Winter Meetings' dirty little secrets in this virtual hot stove champagne room.
Beerleaguer wishes he was present at the Winter Meetings so he could sift through the hotel lobby trash cans in search of any nugget of information blotted on a cocktail napkin. Readers recall it was last year at this time when Ruben Amaro Jr. and his cronies, fresh off a chest-thumping win in the World Series, slung some serious hash in Las Vegas, netting Ronny Paulino straight up for Jason Jaramillo in a rare catcher swap, likely hatched at 1:34 a.m., brandy snifters and Cubans in hand. (Imagine what that cocktail napkin would go for on eBay). It ended up being Rube’s second worst deal of the season, second only to the swap that flipped Paulino to the Giants for Jack Taschner.
In Indianapolis, there's a good bit of chatter involving former Phillies. Brett Myers is drawing interest from the Rangers and Astros. Myers would be wise to stay in the familiar framework of the National League I think. I wouldn't put it past Myers to make his decision based on the fact that he could still take his hacks by staying in the NL. Meanwhile, I’ve read Pat Burrell’s name in connection with the Mets and Luis Castillo, but most of the reports coming from New York’s press corp say they want no part in Pat the Bat, as part of a three-way deal or even in a straight-up for Castillo.
The juiciest bit of information involves Phillies right-hander Joe Blanton, who is arbitration eligible. Ed Price of AOL’s Fanhouse reports the Phillies are exploring interest in the right-hander. In other news, the Phillies are revisiting the Chan Ho Park issue today, according to David Murphy of the Daily News. Share with the class ...