Wednesday, December 10, 2008
The Dealings Behind The Deals
"Personally, I won't be unhappy if we move the next phase away from this [Winter Meetings] setting -- I never liked this auction setting with agents all in one place. So next week, when agents are back on the phone, we will talk to them one at a time. That will not be a bad thing." Team President Stan Kasten on Nationals.com this morning.
Love that quote for Our Team President because I am not much for the posturing by Teams and the perceived self-worth of Agents and their Players.
I just want to see progress made which moves Our Washington Nationals in a positive direction--FORWARD.
So rumors like Wily Taveres possibly heading to The Nation's Capital for Tim Redding don't worry me. Call me when something concrete and solid is actually decided. Only then, will the players named by "sources" have meaning.
But in the meantime, taking from Mr. Kasten's quote--What I would like see from the various beat reporters out there in Las Vegas right now covering The Winter Meetings is a sense of HOW BUSINESS IS CONDUCTED. Are Owners, Team Presidents and GM's really scurrying all over The Bellagio Resort & Casino running down each other? Or, is there more a sense of decorum where meetings are set and the various participants head from room to room, looking for the best deal?
Please give me an idea of what's going on out there in the Nevada Desert? How is business conducted? What's JimBo doing throughout the day (and night)? Is Mr. Kasten working something on the side? If Mark Lerner is there, what impact is he having on negotiations? What's Mr. Lerner's role (other than to give the go ahead on a cash outlay)? What's the impression of their teamwork at these Winter Meetings--so far. Are they organized? Are other teams interested in talking with The Nationals? Or, are the conversations totally Washington initiated?
Write About The Dealings Behind The Deals.
Even when there is no movement on the player front, there is always The Scene Setter.
Tell us something more than unsubstantiated rumor. For a moment, step away from the pack journalism.
Atmosphere & Color--Please!!