More Intrigue Coming to Battle of the Beltways
Nationals Principal Owner Mark D. Lerner will be blogging throughout the 2010 MLB Winter Meetings, giving Nats fans a unique perspective of the goings-on in Orlando. Check back often for the latest updates.
Good evening. It was another beautiful day in Orlando. Today is the official first day of MLB’s Winter Meetings, although we certainly got the ball rolling yesterday with the signing of Jayson Werth.
There is a definite buzz around the Dolphin Hotel, the MLB headquarters for the Winter Meetings. This time of day, the lobby is crawling with media, and each of the 30 teams are huddled, evaluating their clubs and how they can improve them.
Mike Rizzo and the baseball staff have been meeting all day, discussing free-agent players and trade options. In all, we have more than 30 of our top baseball operations staffers. Over the course of the next few days, Mike will meet with several other clubs, as well as agents, to get a better feel for which players on our radar are attainable.
A few quick notes:
* The Nationals would like to congratulate longtime baseball executive Pat Gillick on his election to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Pat is a brilliant baseball man and a true ambassador for the game.
* It was nice to see the Orioles signing of Mark Reynolds. I’m sure Ryan Zimmerman will welcome having his college teammate right up the road, and Virginia Cavalier fans will now have 2 of their most notable baseball alums in the region. Should add another level of intrigue for our annual Battle of the Beltways series.
* Beautiful television production sets for MLB Network and ESPN around the lobby. This event really gets a ton of coverage. At glance, you can see Harold Reynolds, Peter Gammons and many others.
That’s all for now. Keep checking back, and I’ll do my best to keep everybody updated on the happenings from Disney World.