There's lots of interesting stuff in the Post-Gazette's new Q+A, beginning with this:
Well, we'll see. This is still the team whose most notable achievements last offseason were signing Jose Mesa to a ridiculous contract, trading a young fireballer for a million-year-old catcher who barely played, and failing to sign Jeromy Burnitz.
KOVACEVIC: From what I have picked up, it would have taken Oliver Perez. The Rangers have asked about Perez repeatedly since the end of the season, but they have been rejected each time.
Now that's interesting. Both players are big gambles at this point. I think I'd probably have made that deal and crossed my fingers in the hopes that Blalock pulled himself together and finally became the All-Star hitter he's supposed to be.