Though only two days old, already there has been a tidal wave of reaction to The Trade, as it’s reach goes far beyond the two markets involved in the deal, and far beyond just the world of sports– it has been a lead story around here this week, not just in sports but in news. For me there remain thousands and thousands of words still to sift through on the subject, and it feels as though I’m endlessly falling beind on them, as my focus has been more on the day-to-day movements in the wake of the deal, and less on what’s being pontificated elsewhere.
One story that immediately caught my attention, however, as I’ve begun the process of reading and filing the ever-growing items in my RSS feed for a major trade reaction piece, comes not from one of the usual suspects, but from the business pages of the Globe and Mail, as Paul Waldie and Grant Robertson go deep into the economic side of the deal, managing to lay this nugget on us in the process:
So… we’re still playing the waiting game. And, occasionally, the hoax press conference game– CANADA’S SPORTS LEADER!– but as cannot be stated enough, the trade appears to have come about very quickly, and there’s a lot of medical work and paperwork needed before anything can be moved on to Bud Selig’s office for approval.
The particulars of The Trade have are begun to filter into the Commissioner’s Office, or at least through Bud Selig’s ear hair and into the mush beyond, and Jays fans are starting to get a little anxious– perhaps understandably, due to the too good to be true nature of the deal– with dark thoughts of MLB vetoing the deal and everything returning to how it used to be.
This inclination is not being helped by the posture taken by the Commissioner– he’s reportedly unhappy and, according to a tweet from USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, “feels for the Marlins fans and will take everything into consideration before making a decision.”
The Trade may not be officially official just yet, but I’m feeling confident we’re past the point of no return now, because how in the hell could they take it back now, after Taiwan’s Next Media Animation has worked their magic all over Jeffrey Loria’s face?
They can’t! That’s what I say.
Yeah, Scott already had this over at Getting Blanked, but on the off-chance that you didn’t see it, here it is again.
Rather than the lengthy podcast we blasted at you earlier today, here’s some trade reaction that I think you’ll find a little more succinct. Yeah, it’s just more of the same, but it has our faces in it, so you should probably take a look…
It’s been a pretty crazy week for the Blue Jays, their fan base and ownership. The Jays made arguably the biggest trade in franchise history on Tuesday afternoon, just one day after Rogers Media president Keith Pelley stated the following at a PrimeTime Sports & Entertainment conference panel discussion
“fundamentally what has changed in last 3-4 years and will continue to change how we operate as broadcasters and how we operate as team owners is social media… social media can make something fashionable or not. As well as winning.”
Did Pelley’s comments serve as a hint that big things were on the horizon? That perhaps the Jays were poised to take over the AL East not only in the standings but in terms of total followers and retweets? Are they planning to out-spend AND out-trend the Red Sox, Yankees, Rays, and Orioles? Did they acquire these Marlins just for the HBO cred and hashtagabilitiy?
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“Yeah,” responded Matt Sosnick, agent for Josh Johnson, bluntly, when asked off the top of a thoughtful, interesting segment on today’s Jeff Blair Show if the reported mega-deal deal is pretty much done. Not only that, “I think he’s excited,” Sosnick added, almost convincingly.
But that was far from the money quote from the interview, as he later dropped this nugget on us:
“I feel like there has to be another piece to this trade. I’ve got to imagine that the players that Alex acquired have to be in play– it’s a lot of money he took on in salary in one shot. And there are so many teams that are interested in Josh Johnson that if the Yankees or Texas or some of these teams looking for a frontline starter wanted to give up a tonne, it would seem like it would be against the way that Alex normally does business to not listen and make a trade if he could acquire a bunch of top prospects for one of the players in this deal.”