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If they keep building it, will anyone come?

The thing that jumps out at you when you walk down The Strip in Las Vegas is how much construction is going on. Thousands of new hotel rooms are on the way at a time when you would think a lot fewer people will be able to afford to visit Sin City.

That's because these projects were started before anyone imagined where the economy was headed. The good news, I suppose, is that room rates are sure to plummet in time for my next pleasure trip here.

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Of course, this is not a pleasure trip. I've been circulating among baseball's management glitterati for the past few hours and continue to get the sense that this offseason still has a severe case of free agent vaporlock.

Everybody's waiting for CC Sabathia and Mark Teixeira to sign, and I heard Buster Olney say on ESPN that CC may even be waiting on Teixeira before deciding exactly where he wants to play. Just waiting to see if they show up here. I'm guessing they do.

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It is Las Vegas, so you don't have to twist anybody's arm. Beat writer Jeff Zrebiec already has run into Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie and former O's starter Erik Bedard, neither of whom have any contract-related issues that require their presence. I've never needed much of an excuse to come here either, though this is a pretty good one.

Split loyalties: I'm here to cover baseball, but I won't be able to totally immerse myself in it for another few hours. I'll be on the Ravens pre-game show on WBAL (1090 AM) at about 7:15 tonight and probably will blog off the game from here before turning my attentions entirely to the winter meetings.

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