LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Some lunchtime tidbits for you from the Winter Meetings...
-- The Jayson Werth signing continues to be the biggest topic of discussion here at the Swan and Dolphin Resort. I stopped counting how many people have approached me so far today and before saying anything else asked me something along the lines of: "What the #$%^ are the Nationals doing?" There's definitely a feeling among executives from other clubs that this is going to have major ramifications on the rest of the baseball world, and not in a good way. The price on a bunch of other guys has gone up considerably, starting with Carl Crawford. One exec I talked to also said he thinks the Adrian Gonzalez-to-Boston trade was temporarily killed yesterday as a direct result of the Werth contract.
-- The Nationals, as I suggested earlier this morning, are most certainly not finished. The consensus around here is that they wouldn't have done the Werth deal if they weren't also planning more significant moves. There's definitely some chatter here about Josh Willingham, and there are definitely teams interested in the outfielder. I think any trade the Nationals pull off that lands a pitcher would almost have to include Willingham as part of the package.
-- Carlos Pena and Adam LaRoche continue to be the two most likely targets at first base, but it's also not out of the question that the Nats could acquire a replacement there via trade. One name to keep an eye on: the Dodgers' James Loney.
-- One big deal which has gone down here (not involving the Nats) is Mark Reynolds to the Orioles for relievers David Hernandez and Kam Mickolio. I know plenty of people will make fun of the Orioles for picking up a strikeout machine like Reynolds, but really what choice did they have? They needed a third baseman. And if you can acquire a 40-homer, everyday position player for two middle relievers, I think you have to make that move.
-- Man, I didn't realize I'd set off such a firestorm with my not-so-innocent suggestion earlier of a big surprise move the Nats were potentially working on. I still haven't gotten anyone in a position of authority to confirm the name to me, so I'm still not going to reveal it so as not to incite any more panic than I've already created.
-- Still to come this afternoon: Jim Riggleman is scheduled to speak at 3:30 p.m. Mike Rizzo is scheduled to meet with us at 4 p.m.