Winter Meetings dead ahead
If you're wondering whether there is more than one way to interpret the headline on this item, you're pretty sharp. Orioles beat reporter Jeff Zrebiec and I are leaving for Indianapolis tomorrow morning to bring you minute-by-minute coverage of baseball's Winter Meetings, which officially start on Monday and run through Thursday.
The Orioles have been downplaying the possibility of any major moves during the next four days, but we can only hope some other team locks Andy MacPhail in a room and convinces him to accept a middle-of-the-order hitter.
That's not out of the question, since there's talk that some teams are hurting financially and are going to be trying to get off some big contracts. The O's have room on their payroll -- they better have at this point -- if an attractive deal comes along that doesn't require them to trade Brian Matusz, Chris Tillman or Jake Arrieta. I'm guessing the momentum for anything like that would have to come from another team, based on the noises coming out of the Warehouse, but we can dream.
What do you think will happen?
Radio plug: Tune in at noon for a marathon Saturday edition of "Sportsline" on WBAL (1090 AM). I'll preview the Winter Meetings with Zrebiec and I'll bring in Jamison Hensley to break down Monday night's game between the Ravens and Packers at Lambeau Field. If you're not in signal range, go to WBAL.com and click on the "Listen Live" icon. Of course, we'll be taking calls at 410-467-WBAL and 1-800-767-WBAL.
Column plug: My weekly "News Item" column for today's print edition is also up on the Web site. You can read it right here and let me know what you think.