By 9 a.m. here in Orlando – 6 a.m. on the West Coast – general managers representing all 30 major league teams were in their first meetings.
Hours earlier, they were doing what most baseball fans have been doing since the end of the World Series. Talking about baseball.
The biggest topic of discussion was Alex Rodriguez and Scott Boras, and whether any team would cough up more money than the New York Yankees were willing to pay A-Rod before he walked away from them.
Many GMs were amused by Boras, who is here, saying he would be low-key in talking to the media about which teams had interest in Rodriguez.
"I’m not going to go into the laundry list," Boras said.
Translation: There aren’t that many teams to list.
In stories around the country, for instance, the Mariners continue to be floated as a team ‘intrigued’ by A-Rod. Not true. That ship sailed after the 2000 season and is no longer welcome in Port Seattle.
The concensus here is that the Los Angeles Dodgers may be the most aggressive team in the Rodriguez chase – but that the list of teams willing to offer him as much as he made last season is perhaps three names long.