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Winter Meetings Day 1: A Whole Lot Of Nothing

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There was a lot of talk, but not a lot of action today.

"If you like my fielding, you should see my batting!"
"If you like my fielding, you should see my batting!"
Jason O. Watson

In fact, it appears the A's are purposefully staying away from the action:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Things sound pretty quiet for the <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Athletics&amp;src=hash">#Athletics</a>, who arrived in Orlando after most teams. Billy Beane isn&#39;t staying at winter meetings hotel.</p>&mdash; Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) <a href="https://twitter.com/susanslusser/statuses/410244267341123585">December 10, 2013</a></blockquote>

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The A's aren't exactly known for doing their dealings at the Winter Meetings themselves.  Indeed, Beane himself has emphasized in the past that the team is more likely to lay the groundwork for future deals.  I suppose no one should expect the A's to be incredibly active, although they are still trying to trade Brett Anderson:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Exec who is in on SP says <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Athletics&amp;src=hash">#Athletics</a> very available Brett Anderson is &quot;Plan B not Plan A guy, he has a lot of risk, but also lots of upside&quot;</p>&mdash; Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) <a href="https://twitter.com/Joelsherman1/statuses/410123814937563136">December 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

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At least he's preparing himself, though.  Or, rather, others are preparing him:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Brett is getting a Speed Hitter for Christmas...gotta practice in case he goes to a NL team</p>&mdash; Morgan Bradley (@MorganBradley32) <a href="https://twitter.com/MorganBradley32/statuses/410182105654513665">December 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

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There is talk, however, about potential suitors for former A's players.  Colon is said to be looking for a multi-year deal, but then there was this from Jon Heyman earlier today:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Colon market heating up. Orioles, mets, others. If it&#39;s 1 year deal, it&#39;ll be significant number, maybe $10M plus.</p>&mdash; Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) <a href="https://twitter.com/JonHeymanCBS/statuses/410144952304558081">December 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

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The O's are also in on Balfour, apparently

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23orioles&amp;src=hash">#orioles</a> looking at balfour and axford. Chris perez fits too. <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23closers&amp;src=hash">#closers</a></p>&mdash; Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) <a href="https://twitter.com/JonHeymanCBS/statuses/410216039100592128">December 10, 2013</a></blockquote>

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That group is the all personality closing team.

Oh, and a really good, all-but-certain HOF pitcher hung it up today. That's about the extent of the activity today.  More (non-) movement to come tomorrow.