Expect teams to be 'aggressive' in trade market
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Major League Baseball's general managers arrived at their annual meetings eagerly awaiting the signature event of the winter: The distribution of Scott Boras' 100-page tribute to star free agent Alex Rodriguez.Until the brochures are back from Kinko's and the A-Rod employment watch begins in earnest -- obliterating everything in its path -- the game's executives will focus on more pedestrian concerns. That means lots of trade discussions and some tire kicking on free agents who aren't necessarily icons, but fill a place in the budget and a hole on the roster. Baseball people love to complain about the high cost of mediocre talent. But even by the usual standards, this year's free-agent market is one of the lamest in memory.
Just from talking to general managers in the last 24 hours, I think we'll be spending more time talking to each other than to agents. I look at some deals to come out of these meetings.
--Padres GM Kevin Towers