My colleague Chris Snow already arrived the day before, for his first introduction to four days of lobby prowling, but I'm about to board my flight to Dallas, wondering if I might wind up sharing air space with Larry Lucchino, who said he was headed to Dallas today as well.
The baseball operations contingent, headed by Bill Lajoie, was scheduled to arrive late last night, so Operation Manny, among other things, probably won't swing into full motion until today. Johnny Damon's agent, Scott Boras, also was expected this afternoon, and you can be certain he'll be pushing his client on the Yankees, who to this point have been coy in their interest. The Cubs, who thought they had a new leadoff man in Rafael Furcal until the Dodgers swooped in with a three-year, $39 million offer, also would figure to have some interest, although they, too, have said JD is too rich for their blood.
David Wells' agent, Greg Clifton, will also be in Dallas; his client hopes to hear this week that a deal sending him to the West Coast, preferably to his hometown San Diego, has been completed. As you probably saw in the paper, the latest proposal from the Padres, according to sources, involved second baseman Mark Loretta. The Sox also are casting about for a first baseman and more relief help, so it should be a busy week. We'll do our best to keep you up to date.
Hope you caught Lucchino on Sports Final last night. Bob Lobel gave Lucchino a good half hour of air time, and for the first time that I can recall -- and Larry will be sure to correct me if I'm wrong -- the Sox CEO admitted to some mistakes in his handling of the Theo negotiations. The biggest mistake, he said, was not getting a new deal done by the All-Star break. For now, however, it's obvious that the Sox are content to go with The Committee, though it appears that Lucchino adviser Jeremy Kapstein, who had been open in his desire for the GM job, has slipped back into a background role.
I'm due in to Dallas around noon local time. I'll be in touch.
-- Gordon Edes
Editor's note: Check out Gordon's Sunday piece on each team's needs heading into the winter meetings.