The 2011/2012 Offseason, or In Which the Marlins Grab Players and Everyone Else Blinks and Watches

I am in a much bouncier mood than I’ve been in a long time.  Because there are no boxing tweets in my Twitter timeline!  There are actually tweets about baseball!  There is actually baseball news!

Well, some baseball news.  Mostly it’s beat writers musing on the pointlessness of bringing so many media members to Dallas to mill around in the lobby.  In fact, my favorite Winter Meetings quote ever which completely sums it up was from Rangers beat writer, T.R. Sullivan last year, “Talked with Red Sox manager Terry Francona 1-on-1 in the lobby today and he told me exclusively, ‘Hey TR, good to see you.’”  Isn’t Sullivan awesome?

But still, something is better than nothing.  And we have something, for sure.

Heath Bell is in Florida.  So is Jose Reyes.  So might be C.J. Wilson, Cody Ross, heck, Brandon Belt!  Yeah, Brandon might be going to the fab new Marlins stadium.  I mean, probably not, but them Marlins do seem to be getting just about everyone, so who knows?

We might as well rename this: The 2011/2012 Offseason, or In Which the Marlins Grab Players and Everyone Else Blinks and Watches.

Fun, right?  The Giants are not expected to be big buyers this year (then again, are they ever?) and the Rangers are busy mixing cocktails or whatever because hosting this shebang is a full-time job, so they probably won’t do much either.

That means I am free to sit back and enjoy the show and speculate as to what it’s like when Jon Daniels and Jed Hoyer run into each other in the back hallway. 

Right now I’m thinking it’s all:

Jed:  Hey, you hear I’m with the Cubs now?

Jon: *grunts*

Jed: Pretty spiffy, what we’re doing over there.  Even SF Diamond Girl predicted we’d go to the World Series in ‘13 or ’14.

(At this point fantasy ends abruptly.)

Okay, that last part probably didn’t happen.  But this is my blog, à la my dream in Inception, so I can just make it go however I like.  Which definitely means references to yours truly.

I think I need to do another GM roundtable in honor of these meetings now.  Can you tell how smiley I am, even through cyberspace?  This is quite possibly my favorite time of year, baseball-wise, which means altogether.  Yes, I am a wee bit odd.  Yes, I am aware.  Yes, I appreciate you telling me, even so.

Work it out, Jed and Jon.  You guys will be meeting at a roundtable tomorrow and I want no bickering.

Diamond Girl

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5 responses to “The 2011/2012 Offseason, or In Which the Marlins Grab Players and Everyone Else Blinks and Watches

  1. Thank you for perfectly summing up- in your headline- exactly what this offseason has been for everyone. I just want to see some actual moves being made!

  2. So DG what do you think of the Marlins’ moves so far. Who will actually be their shortstop, who will move to another position, and what position? What do you think of the Giants’ trade of Torres?

    • sfdiamondgirl

      I think that Marlins are being a little silly and throwing their cash around more than is sensible (where on earth they got it is another whole question), but who knows. It could work for them, could not. That said, I’m annoyed that they’re making Reyes cut his hair. That takes silly to a whole new level. As for shortstop, I think it will definitely be Jose. He’s the new guy and he’ll get what he wants, Hanley will have to adjust. Not ideal, but I think that’s what will happen.

      And check out my newest post for all my Torres thoughts (plus some Joe Martinez news that may or may not interest you in the least :) ). Thanks for reading and commenting!

  3. Seedboy

    I think this is cash they expect to obtain because they are moving into a new stadium that is actually in Miami. We’ll see.

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