Monday night update
Just got finished going through my notes from tonight’s briefing with Mozeliak. I’ll have a story up on the site a little later this evening, but in the meantime here are some tidbits:
* Most of our conversation was about Rolen, and he definitely acknowledged they’re talking about him. But insisted, repeatedly, that they don’t HAVE to move him. He also said they will not move him without getting Major League players in return.
Quote: "Right now we’re still doing our exploratory search onthis, but we’re not bound to do anything. Unless we feel like we’re really
improving our club, our intentions would be for Scott Rolen to be a part of our
club in 2008."
* Thinks the Rolen market will be much clearer once the "paralysis" surrounding "another third baseman" has been eliminated. I.e., once Cabrera is dealt, it’ll be clearer what the market is for Rolen.
* About four teams are in on Rolen.
* Don’t put much stock in the Texas reports; Mozeliak said he hasn’t talked to Rangers in "a few weeks."
* Blaise Ilsley will be the pitching coach at Memphis, it appears.
* Mulder’s expected start date is "late April or May."
Did not get to meet the new asst. GM. He’s apparently ill.