At the winter meetings, things can spin on dime. That’s what makes it fun, as well as frustrating at times.
One minute a general manager or team owner will boast -- off the record -- how “on” a particular player his team is, then one bad negotiating session later the agent and player are gone just like that team’s chances of signing him. Or, sometimes it’s the other way around -- an agent tells you a deal is done, but the GM says it’s not so you wait … and wait.
• The Oakland A's are talking to everyone regarding their starting rotation and closer Andrew Bailey trying to get young outfielders in trade. The Kansas City Royals might have a prospect package that could land left-hander Gio Gonzalez, which would be a coup by Royals GM Dayton Moore, if he can pull it off. The A’s might ask for a package that starts with top prospect Wil Myers.