Trade deadline recap – Roy Smith
I thought I would take this time to review our moves at the trade deadline and give you a little insight as to how trades actually evolve. The two trades that the club made last Monday offered a contrast — one was made after much discussion over a number of weeks and one was made in the matter of an hour.
The Greg Maddux trade came together after many weeks of discussion between Ned and Jim Hendry, the Cub GM. Earlier in the year, Ned told Hendry that we would be interested if the Cubs decided to trade Maddux. In the ensuing weeks, the talks became more serious with actual proposals being exchanged. However, it wasn’t until about 40 minutes before the deadline that we offered Cesar Izturis. Hendry accepted our offer and after hashing out some money issues, the deal was made.
In the case of Julio Lugo, this trade was literally made in the last hour. Knowing that Andrew Friedman was having discussions about Lugo with other clubs and also that Izturis would possibly be involved in the Maddux trade, Ned called Tampa Bay and said that the Dodgers were interested and asked what the Devil Rays’ price was. The Rays asked for Joel Guzman, which was not an easy player for us to part with, especially for a player who was two months away from possible free agency like Lugo. However, after considering the depth of our system and questions as to where Guzman’s position would ultimately be, we decided go make the deal after including Sergio Pedroza.
The way these deals went down is two perfect examples of how trades get done. I would say that the Maddux trade is the most common scenario. Often a trade will start out as a general conversation months in advance of when the deal is actually consummated. The conversation may start with Ned or it may start with Kim or I making an inquiry with our counterparts on another club which gets the flow of ideas going. Many times the trade will have taken on many permutations before the actual deal gets made. The reason why there is a flurry of activity at the deadline is usually because the clubs want to exhaust all possibilities before making the final call, hoping that someone blinks and gives up what was previously unattainable.
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