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Sox arrive in Vegas

Posted by Tony Massarotti, Globe Staff  December 8, 2008 01:25 AM

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LAS VEGAS -- Let the record show that at roughly 9 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, the Red Sox contingent housing general manager Theo Epstein arrived in the entertainment capital of the world for this year's baseball winter meetings. Epstein was among a group of Sox officials that included vice president of player personnel Ben Cherington, director of baseball operations Brian O'Halloran and director of amateur scouting Jason McLeod, among others.

Obviously, the Sox won't be conducting much (if any) business tonight, Epstein even joking last week that some Sox officials would be allowed to gamble only on Sunday night. The meetings are being conducted at the spectacular Bellagio resort and casino, where representatives from all 30 teams (as well as agents and Major League Baseball officials) are expected to be in attendance.

Based on prior years, the winter meetings can be a little slow to start, largely because many clubs are required to attend league-sponsored meetings in the early part of the week. Meetings involving teams and agents typically do not start to take place until later on the first day and early on the second, which typically leads to activity later in the week.

The meetings end on Thursday morning, culminating with the Rule 5 draft. Most clubs the trip home after the draft.

Obviously, we'll continue to have updates throughout.

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