A few items and observations from the GM Meetings:
• It was strange seeing John Henry, Tom Werner and Larry Lucchino sitting down for a drink with Yankees president Randy Levine. But then again, Henry once was a limited partner with the Yankees.
Lucchino and Levine once traded barbs through the media on a regular basis, but that hasn’t happened for a while.
• Hours later, Theo Epstein and Ben Cherington were at a table with Jed Hoyer and Mike Hazen. It didn’t look like they were hashing out any compensation.
• Nobody is safe from reprisals in the Red Sox clubhouse after the September collapse. Along with the manager, the coaching staff and the medical staff, it sounds like the clubhouse staff is under review, too.
The players, of course, escape the wrath. But you do have to wonder how many of the free agents beyond David Ortiz the Sox will try and retain.
The easiest way to change a bad culture is to change as many faces as possible and the Red Sox may be taking that approach. Two straight third place finishes means nobody is safe. Obviously something is wrong.
• Count White Sox GM Kenny Williams as impressed that Epstein is now negotiating for his own compensation. “I don’t know how that conversation goes,” he said.
• The Athletics, Giants and Rangers didn’t show up for the GM Meetings.
• Soon to be ex-Dodgers owner Frank McCourt showed up for the Owners Meetings, however. I wonder if the hotel took his credit card?
• Scott Boras is anxious to sell the Cubs on the virtues of Prince Fielder.
• Torey Lovullo could be the second finalist for the Red Sox based on John Henry’s comments about wanting to talk to him.
• It sounds like a new collective bargaining agreement will be in place sometime next week. Given the drama in the NFL and NBA, it’s good to see baseball take care of business.
That’s it for tonight. Catch you tomorrow.