Nothing happening at the moment, but that hasn't stopped anyone from talking baseball, rumors and opinions.
Here's a quick sampling from the lobby and hallways - and, of course, the line at Starbucks:
- Free agent Vladimir Guerrero, for instance, is said to be seeking a two-year contract, but so far hasn't found a bidder. The Texas Rangers have shown the most interest, but only for a one-year deal.
- Could the Seattle Mariners wind up getting pitcher John Lackey? Yes, but only at their price - not his. Lackey is pushing for a massive six-year, $100 million type payout, and no one is biting. Seattle is thought to have told him what they'd offer - and to get back to them if that appeals to him. The longer he's available, that becomes a greater possibility.
- The consensus among baseball folk in an informal poll is that Jason Bay, after putting his toe into the waters of free agency, is going to wind up staying in Boston.
- White Sox GM Ken Williams is interested in reliever J.J. Putz, and is using another former Mariner, Matt Thornton, to help recruit him. Joe Cowley talked to Thortnon and got a story out of it. That's how it often works here.
- Those Yankees! They win a World Series, add a center fielder, are close to bringing Andy Pettitte back and are after Roy Halladay. If you think non-New York fans grouse about that, you ought to hear managers, scouts and execs from opposing teams talk!
- Teams not in position to spend on Lackey or trade for Halladay are finding plenty of pitching available through trade - much of it from teams trying to unload salary. Among the names out there: Gil Meche (Royals), Aaron Harang (Reds), Zach Duke (Pirates), Brandon McCarthy (Rangers), Bronson Arroyo (Reds), Kevin Millwood (Rangers) and Brandon Morrow (Mariners).
- Want a good, used reliever? The White Sox are shopping closer Bobby Jenks - which may be why they like Putz - and Atlanta has talked to teams about 2009 closer Rafael Soriano.