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nstojic
07-02-2010, 12:40 PM
Last year, Scott Rolen told me he wanted to be traded because his family didn't like living in Toronto. The Cincinnati Reds showed a strong interest in him from the beginning. For three weeks, we went back and forth with Cincinnati, and the deal finally got done close to the deadline.

Actually, it was almost too close to the deadline. As we were trying to send all the details to the commissioner's office, the fax machine stopped working. Here I am, kicking the fax machine, and screaming at Rolen's agent, saying, "Send the agreement again!" (Rolen had to sign off on the deal because of his no-trade clause.) It took us about five tries to finally get the fax through. We got it into the commissioner's office with less than a minute to spare.

For every deal we got done at the deadline, there were too many to count that fell through. We had countless swings and misses on guys that we were hoping to get, but weren't able to agree on terms. I remember one year we had Frank Catalanotto, and the Reds were knocking on our door. We wanted Johnny Cueto, who was in A-ball at the time, and they didn't want to give him up. There are a million stories like that.

I had another situation with a player that we agreed to trade about 20 minutes before the deadline. I told our president about the deal, and he said, "The fans like him and I like him. I don't think we should trade him." We had to back out of the deal.


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Pride
07-02-2010, 02:00 PM
I wonder who the mysterious player in the deal we backed out was? Perhaps it was Delgado?

2009mvp
07-02-2010, 03:32 PM
I had another situation with a player that we agreed to trade about 20 minutes before the deadline. I told our president about the deal, and he said, "The fans like him and I like him. I don't think we should trade him." We had to back out of the deal.

Disturbing. Godfrey (I'm assuming he's referring to Paul) should have shut his mouth and let his baseball people make the baseball moves they saw fit to.

Rochesta
07-02-2010, 04:16 PM
My guess? It was Vernon.

2009mvp
07-02-2010, 04:53 PM
^^I'm not so sure. I can't imagine a Wells deal being something that would have gone down without the President knowing until the last minute.

Rochesta
07-02-2010, 05:28 PM
^^ Yeah, but how many players are popular enough that the president would even care?

2009mvp
07-02-2010, 06:05 PM
Fair point, though I guess it depends on how much of a micro-managing prick Godfrey was. I wouldn't be that surprised if we're talking about a Reed Johnson or a Catalanatto type, or even a guy that was never really a "fan favorite" so to speak, just a decent ballplayer that if traded would have given the impression that the team was throwing in the towel at the deadline. We all know how important hovering in the standings just close enough to still hold out hope was to management in the early-mid part of the decade.

wamco
07-02-2010, 07:04 PM
jmac, maybe thats why he is still on the team

Rochesta
07-02-2010, 08:06 PM
Fair point, though I guess it depends on how much of a micro-managing prick Godfrey was. I wouldn't be that surprised if we're talking about a Reed Johnson or a Catalanatto type, or even a guy that was never really a "fan favorite" so to speak, just a decent ballplayer that if traded would have given the impression that the team was throwing in the towel at the deadline. We all know how important hovering in the standings just close enough to still hold out hope was to management in the early-mid part of the decade.

Truth. My reason for picking Wells was all of those coulda-shoulda-woulda-traded-him moments.