What happens in Vegas ...
... sometimes lands in The Schmuck Stops Here. Most of the major league front office people have arrived for the winter meetings and there is a full schedule of events starting today. In the meantime, I wandered around the Bellagio Hotel Sunday (when I wasn't watching the Ravens take care of business against the Redskins) and came up with a few rumors and ruminations.
Rumor: The Orioles have an interest in reacquiring free agent Jerry Hairston Jr. to provide insurance in case Brian Roberts has to be traded or be a super utilityman if Roberts signs a long-term extension.
Rumination: Though there have been reports that the Jake Peavy deal is about to be completed. I'm hearing that it remains delayed by the same complications that have been reported on in the past. Namely, the ongoing effort by the Tribune Company to sell the Cubs franchise and the necessity to keep potential buyers informed about and agreeable to upcoming changes in the team's payroll.
Rumor: Mark Teixeira has made it clear to West Coast teams -- namely the Los Angeles Angels -- that he wants to play on the East Coast. I checked this one out with one of the Angels beat reporters, who said that it's bunk and that the Angels still are going hard after Tex.
Rumination: I mentioned yesterday that Jeremy Guthrie and Erik Bedard (left) were using the winter meetings as an excuse to get together. Turns out, Bedard had a more compelling reason to come. Saw him in the hotel lobby yesterday talking to Angels team orthopedist Dr. Lewis Yocum, who performed the cleanup surgery on his shoulder. Later ascertained that Erik came in so Yocum could re-evaluate his shoulder.
Rumor: The Mariners may non-tender Bedard even though the outlook for him pitching a full season this year is much brighter. The Orioles still need two decent starting pitchers. You do the math.