Mariners Insider Blog

WINTER MEETINGS 2008: Early morning links and notes

Good morning. We're coming to you live from the ballroom of the Bellagio Resort & Hotel (above). Most of the writers are starting to file in, some pretty bleary-eyed. Last night was pretty mellow in terms of any hi-jinks, but for die-hard baseball fans, it's kind of cool. One minute I was standing near Rays manager Joe Maddon, and the next I looked over and Cubs GM Jim Hendry is standing around having conversations.

Anyway, I'll try and keep you updated throughout the day with whatever news breaks, and any rumors that might be floating around.

A few quick things ...

The Mariners had three minor league signings this week, left-handed pitcher Chris Seddon, catcher Luis Oliveros and first baseman Chris Shelton.

Seddon spent all of last season in the Marlins system playing at Triple A Albuquerque. He posted a 10-9 record in 27 starts with a 5.09 ERA and 1.57 WHIP.

Shelton, you may remember, is a guy who hit 10 homers in the month of April for the Detroit Tigers back in 2006. He never could keep up that torrid pace. He spent part of last season with the Rangers.

Does this mean he fits into the Mariners major league plans? Probably not completely. But he's a cheap pickup who provides some depth.

Now to the links ...

Here's my winter meetings preview from today's paper.

The Mets met with Francisco Rodriguez last night and will supposedly meet with Trevor Hoffman and Brian Fuentes, according to David Lennon of Newsday. Right now, the trickle-down effect from what happens with those guys could affect the value of J.J. Putz to other teams.

The Boston Globe's Tony Massarotti mentions that the Red Sox are looking at possibly trying to sign Willie Bloomquist as a bench player. Apparently Willie is a favorite of manager Terry Francona. It will be surprising if that happens, because Bloomquist seemed set on signing with a National League team in order to play more.

That's all for now.