ESPN.com wrote:Here's an example of how the GM business is not conducted, from a reader we're just conjecturing could be a Yankees fan (possibly):
Yankees send Carl Pavano, Jaret Wright, Jorge Posada, third-base prospect Eric Duncan and dollar bills to Cardinals for Chris Carpenter, Albert Pujols, Jim Edmonds, Yadier Molina and Jason Isringhausen.
When we dangled that goofy brainstorm in front of our panel of trained professionals, the laugh track sounded like the Seinfeld episode when George Costanza was dragging the World Series trophy from the back of his car in an attempt to get fired by the Yankees.
"I think the Yankees might make that deal," one executive said, with a chuckle, "if the Cardinals would just put [Scott] Rolen in it."
"Couldn't the Yankees get a couple of pitchers thrown in, too?" said one laughing AL official.
Sure. Why stop there? Let's also have the Yankees trade Mike Vento and Felix Escalona for Mark Mulder, David Eckstein, Rolen, Stan Musial and the Clydesdales.
Hoo boy. You folks need to behave, or we're never going to do another one of these columns again for the rest of our career. Understood? Fine. Let's move on.
The Clydesdales!?! I would never trade the Clydesdales, not even for A-Rod.
Actually, this is the blasphemy (same article):
"I would like to see JOHAN SANTANA TRADED TO THE CARDINALS FOR ALBERT PUJOLS. I think Pujols is the most overrated player in the history of baseball. I live in St. Louis and I watch Pujols choke more in clutch situations than any other player on the team. I want the Cardinals to get rid of his salary and start to play some other bum in his position! What are the chances of this trade going through???"