For those of you anticipating big news to come out of the GM meetings today – or anytime this week – you might be a little disappointed.
Or a lot.
I just heard from Sun beat writer Jeff Zrebiec, who’s waiting for team president Andy MacPhail to arrive at the Orlando hotel where all the meetings will take place. Lots of New York media is there, along with national heavyweights like Peter Gammons, Buster Olney, Ken Rosenthal and Jerry Crasnick. (And yes, in this environment, Rosenthal is considered a heavyweight. He moves up in weight class).
Though Orioles officials will be busy this week, it would be a major surprise if they pulled off a trade. It’s just not expected to happen this soon. But stay tuned. Maybe someone will overwhelm them.
I should run a poll asking what you think will happen to Jay Gibbons, since so many people are asking me – and I honestly don’t know. I’m sure the Orioles don’t want to eat his contract, but that would be choice No. 1. They could attempt to trade him for an equally bad contract (No. 2), or keep him and hope that he stays healthy and has a productive season as a left-handed DH and pinch-hitter.
Since MacPhail isn’t responsible for the contract, he’s more likely to release Gibbons than the individuals who negotiated the extension. But I’m sure the Orioles will look to trade him first. I just can’t imagine that there’s a long line of takers.