Pre-Meeting Gossip

Wednesday, December 11 2002 @ 06:20 AM EST

Contributed by: Coach

The Toronto Sun had a full 2 1/2 pages devoted to baseball today, most of it Bob Elliott's preview of the Winter Meetings. Nothing much of substance, but it sure is long. Erubiel Durazo's name keeps popping up, and popping up...

Mike Rutsey also reported that Chris Carpenter got an extension until 3:00 tomorrow to accept or decline the offer from the Blue Jays. I've felt all along that Carp would leave if he got a better deal, but maybe he's not in demand. The most optimistic projection is that he could be pitching in July, but I doubt that would be at 100% effectiveness, or in the rotation, so don't expect a major contribution from him next year.