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The G.M. is “willing to listen” to offers for Player X? So what?

Jul 15, 2011, 4:25 PM EDT

Cell Phone

Crazy season is upon us. The semi-annual rumor-fest, in which people hear this and that and run wild with speculation. ¬†Occasionally — very occasionally — there is actually some hard news in all of this nonsense.

But as Jeff Sullivan of Baseball Nation notes in an on-point column today, the least valuable of all of the rumors are the ones in which a team is said to be “willing to listen” to offers:

What general manager would ever not be willing to listen to listen to offers for a player? Do you understand how little effort it takes to answer a phone call? This isn’t even like checking your voicemail. Everybody hates checking their voicemail. This is like pressing the “answer” button and putting the phone on speaker while the other person talks. How stubborn, lazy, and closed-minded would a general manager have to be to not want to listen to offers?

As Jeff notes, everyone loves trade rumors. It’s one of the reasons why, for all of their faults, we keep track of them here.

But you gotta keep your critical-thinking skills handy when it comes to this sort of thing.

  1. Utley's Hair - Jul 15, 2011 at 4:33 PM

    Isn’t that the Unabomber’s phone in that commercial?

    • jwbiii - Jul 15, 2011 at 5:42 PM

      Fun fact. About 50 years ago, Motorola decided that it would be able to make a portable phone the size of a shoe, like the one pictured. CEO Bob Galvin decided that Hollywood would be an good test market: wealthy people, lots of windshield time, producers, agents, actors wanting to be in touch with each other. So he went to Hollywood and asked many people if they would be interested in a portable phone that was the size of a shoe. This became Maxwell Smart’s shoe phone.

  2. proudlycanadian - Jul 15, 2011 at 4:58 PM

    It could be the Unabomber’s. His stuff has been put up for sale.
    As far as trade rumors are concerned, any stories about the Jays do not originate with the team. A. A. does not leak stories about trade discussions.

  3. royalsfaninfargo - Jul 15, 2011 at 5:11 PM

    Ken Rosenthal and the ESPN baseball “reporters” are the worst when it comes to speculation and rumors about trades. Almost all of their reports turn out to be wrong and then when a trade does happen they jump all over it and act like they knew it was going to happen all along.

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