Spending the day and evening at the lovely O'Hare Hilton for the GM meetings. Spent many an hour here back in the 1990s covering baseball labor disputes. Anyway, Cubs GM Jim Hendry and Sox GM Kenny Williams arrived and did impromptu sessions.
Also ran into Barry Praver, the agent for Carlos Zambrano and now for Carlos Marmol, who is eligible for salary arbitration for the first time. And just so the speculation doesn't start, Praver said the Cubs and Big Z have not discussed Big Z waiving his no-trade clause. "It's a non-story," Praver said. In other words, the Cubs are not trading Zambrano this winter.
We'll have the long of it online later and in the paper tomorrow. The short of it to get you going and then I'll be back out here in the morning:
--Hendry is hoping to set up some one-on-one meetings with other GMs for after their group dinner tonight. I'm told Jim has had talks with three or four other teams about Milton Bradley in the last 12 or 13 days, but nothing is close yet. Jim made it quite clear he is not releasing Bradley. And no, I still don't see any way Bradley comes back. Time is tight at these meetings. The GMs have a full day of business meetings tomorrow, and they clear out of here at noon Wednesday.
--Kenny Williams said he feels about outfielder Jordan Danks the same way at this time that he felt about Gordon Beckham last year. That's high praise. So maybe we will see Danks at the Cell come spring.
--Both GMs are for expanded use of instant replay, with Kenny being highly in favor.
--Speaking of young players, Hendry remains highly impressed with the play of shortstop Starlin Castro in the Arizona Fall League. However, it's way too early to say Castro can make the big club out of spring training _ assuming he gets an invite to big-league camp _ and push Ryan Theriot to second base.
--It doesn't look like Chone Figgins, late of the Angels, is a monetary fit for either team in Chicago. "That's not 'little,'" Kenny said of the kind of money Figgins will be looking for.