Working the lobby here, chatting it up with managers - the Rangers Ron Washington, the Nationals Jim Riggleman - when Lou Piniella walked over to Jack Zduriencik and had a conversation.
"I've known Jack since his days in Milwaukee, and what a nice job he did in Seattle last year," Piniella said.
Now managing the Chicago Cubs, Piniella seemed a good source to ask about free agent pitcher Rich Harden, a right-hander the Mariners and a handful of other teams are talking to.
"He's not going to give you complete games, and you have to watch his pitch count," Piniella said. "He throws a lot of pitches because he strikes out a lot of guys. They might swing at the first pitch he throws, but they don't hit it!
"He pitched well for me. We shut him down in mid-September, and he was a little tired, but if we'd still been in the race he'd have pitched, believe me."
So why didn' t the Cubs offer him arbitration?
"It was money," Piniella said. "He might have made $10-$11 million in arbitration."
Is that what Lou told Zduriencik? Piniella wasn't falling for the question.
"Just talking," Lou said. "I spent a few weeks in Europe this off-season, and I just got back from fishing in the Florida Keys. Maybe we talking about fishing."