“Twitterbag” on Lackey, Rule 5 and a slow start

Dec 8, 2009, 11:45 PM | Updated: Apr 4, 2011, 7:51 pm

by Mike Salk

A couple of quick Q and A’s with each question coming via Twitter.

Q. What’s up with the lack of anything happening? Lots of things said to be “possibilities”, but nothing materializing at all?

A. Yeah, even Jack Zduriencik termed this winter meetings as “a little slower.” He says the first two days have been more of a “feeling out process” for many teams. So, should things pick up in the final two days? It’s been my (limited) experience that they will. On the other hand, the bar was crawling with team reps and agents on Tuesday night, so maybe nothing was imminent.

Q. Whats the funnest part of the meeting for you? Any good food in Indy?

A. Tough question! I think I mostly enjoy the challenge/mystery of trying to determine what each team (and specifically the Mariners) are trying to accomplish. I think the process of trying to build a winning team is the most interesting element of sports! Plus, it’s amazing to talk about almost nothing but baseball with the entire baseball industry for three straight days. It’s an unbelievable privilege to cover the Winter Meetings – I try to enjoy every moment.

As for the food, I haven’t really gotten to sample. Shannon and I hit up a Rock Bottom Brewery on Sunday night but I have eaten quick bites right in the hotel where the meetings are the last two nights. In fact, I’ve been arriving at the Marriott by 9:30 AM, and not leaving until after 1:00 AM each day. My friend Michael Silverman from the Boston Herald told me tonight it had been 54 hours since he had been outside and he was just heading up to bed! No complaining in there, it’s just the nature of the beast.

Q. wasnt this supposed to be the big john lackey day? have heard zero about him.

A. Seriously! What the heck happened to the John Lackey talk?!? Maybe we’ll see more movement there on Wednesday, but we need him to sign in order to set the market.

Q. Any sign we’re considering Hollidayl? We keep hearing about Bay, Lackey, Harden… haven’t heard anything about Matt.

A. I’d be shocked if the Mariners were serious about Matt Holliday, though one league source claimed that Jack was “in on everyone!” He is just too pricey and too big a risk. I don’t see that as a fit.

Q. I think many fans are still confused about the Rule 5 Draft. The basic rules, what players are involved, etc.

A. This Baseball America description does a better job of explaining than I would, but essentially the Rule 5 Draft allows players who have been languishing in the minors for too long to get a chance to prove themselves at the major league level with a new team. Very few of the players claimed actually pan out, but names like Josh Hamilton and Scott Sauerbeck should stand out.

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