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While waiting for something to happen...

Love that NFL injury report. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is listed as probable with a sore right shoulder. No mention of his right ankle, which actually has been interviewed more times than the player himself.
Giants receiver Plaxico Burress didn’t practice because of a sprained right ankle. Burress will guarantee that he’ll practice later this week, and 500 reporters will immediately phone their editors.

Orioles manager Dave Trembley is picking the Giants on Sunday. He’s just excited that he already knows who will be in their lineup. He must envy Tom Coughlin.

Does anybody know where I can find an unhappy Pirate? Nevermind, here’s one:

"I think it's pretty obvious that this group of guys is not going to get it done," said outfielder Jason Bay, surveying a club that’s added seven players over the winter – former Oriole Chris Gomez, a Rule 5 pick and five waiver claims. "Some people think if we get to .500, that would be great and that would be a nice pat on the back. As a player, that's not very comforting. Ultimately, your goal is to get to the playoffs and win a championship. If you look at the team right now, I don't know if we're set up to be a championship team. I'm not saying we're terrible, but it's going to take a lot of things going right to do some things."

I’d like to initiate a little more conversation about the Johan Santana trade. Did the Twins get enough in return for the two-time Cy Young winner? I've been too distracted the last few days to give it much thought.

The Mariners weren’t looking at Santana as a fallback option if they couldn’t finalize a deal for Erik Bedard, so the trade doesn’t affect the Orioles in that regard. The Orioles and Mariners already appeared to agree on a package that would have been enough to move the left-hander to the opposite coast. Adam Jones had a physical scheduled for Tuesday.
Also, it’s not like the Yankees and Red Sox are going to jump into the bidding for Bedard now that Santana is off the table. Bedard isn’t going to a division rival unless one of them empties their roster and their farm system.

Meanwhile, just to recap: Half the nation believes the Orioles and Mariners are within minutes of completing a trade. The other half believes the trade is being held up while team president Andy MacPhail attempts to negotiate a long-term deal with Bedard.

I leave for Fort Lauderdale on Feb. 13, a day before my daughter’s birthday, which means I’ll need a separate carry-on bag for all my guilt. But the first workout for pitchers and catchers falls on Valentine’s Day. I have to be there.

I’ve explained the situation to her and I’m hoping that she understands, but it’s probably a bad sign that MacPhail is negotiating a trade with three other dads. No long-term extension here.

I’ll remain at spring training until the very end, and fly back here for the workout and FanFest on March 29. The blog entries will be coming fast and furious. But until then, I’m playing the waiting game.

Waiting for a trade. Waiting for free agents (or Bedard) to be signed. Waiting for this roster to take shape.
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