rmeesig wrote: I don't think Arizona wants an angry expensive pitcher on their books for next year, especially if they're not playing any better -- at that point, he may just ride it out in the offseason and not approve deals to any teams and let them pay him and be stuck and cause more problems...I think this will go down to the wire and that way they can screw Randy a bit by making him wait...a big game of chicken...
I think I read somewhere that a reporter asked Garagiola (sp?) is he willing to put up with an angry RJ if he doesn't get traded, and Garagiola said something like "Yeah we can put up with it. How is it any different than what he's normally like?"
The whole "RJ will be angry if he has to stay" tip seems overblown to me. He's not exactly the happiest-go-lucky guy to begin with. He always seems like he's pissed off and he's a loner anyhow---that's part of his aura and his intimidation on the mound. He's not out there to make friends.
Point blank, if NY can't find the players to make the deal (which doesn't look likely), RJ is going nowhere. Arizona's got the upper hand here--NY needs RJ more than the D-Backs need to ship him off.