Winter Meetings: Day 3

So it turns out the Smashmouth “All-Star” wake-up call (see previous post) was no accident. I woke up to the same nonsense this morning.

It’s like a Winter Meetings Groundhog Day for me here.

I’m camped out here at the lovely Hilton Anatole for Day 3 of these Meetings. The photo is of the courtyard here. I couldn’t tell you why, but I’ve loved elephants since I was a kid. I have a few unique little statuettes  in my home office on display. There are some huge statues all around this hotel.

But you’re not here to learn about my quirks. You want some Indians fodder.

Well, not much has changed since last night. The great Paul Hoynes of the Plain Dealer did note on Twitter this morning that Michael Brantley has brought in agent Greg Genske to handle his contract situation. He still has Josh Kusnick as a co-agent.

Tonight is the deadline for ranked free agents to either accept or decline arbitration offers from their former clubs. The decisions will bring the market a little more into focus. One name in particular that interests the Tribe is free-agent first baseman Derrek Lee. It seems likely that he’ll decline arb with the Pirates, preferring to test the open waters.

The same goes for slugger Carlos Pena. In both cases (more so for Pena), it seems like the Indians won’t have the spending money it might take to reel them in. Cleveland might have to free up more cash via trade if it wanted to take either first baseman on. I still say it’s more likely that the Indians pursue a bat via trade.

In case you missed Tuesday’s coverage, here are a couple links.

For stuff on a mysterious trade proposal, and the Indians’ ability to use pitching as trade bait, CLICK HERE. For stuff on Brantley being an option at first base and Hector Rondon being designated for assignment, click HERE and HERE.

This afternoon, we will be having lunch with Indians manager Manny Acta. We’ll also have a formal sit-down interview session with Acta today before we have our daily briefing with general manager Chris Antonetti.

Stay tuned for more…

UPDATE: Been a busy day. Apologies for lack of updates, but here are two stories that came out of today’s discussions: Acta talking about Indians’ rotation & the importance of Carlos Santana in 2012.

~JB

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