Friday, June 22, 2007

Ask The GM: Dave Littlefield

Every so often, Pirates General Manager Dave Littlefield will answer a question from one lucky Pirates' fan. Here is today's question:

John (Altoona, PA): Have you entertained any trade offers for Jack Wilson?

Littlefield: Well John, that’s an interesting question. I’ve had a few discussions with a couple teams. Oakland has had some interest in him, but they just haven’t stepped up to the plate in terms of the players they are offering in return. To tell you the truth, Athletics GM Billy Beane is a tough guy to deal with, and negotiations can sometimes drag on when you’re dealing with him. One time, we were working on a deal into the wee hours of the night, and I guess he had a little too much to drink, cause Billy said something about how he should trade Dan Haren to us for John Wasdin. We both laughed, but then I firmly said, “Come on Billy, there’s no way I’d do that deal. Wasdin has the goods. I’m not gonna trade him for one of your stiffs.” I wanted to make fun of him a bit for proposing such an idiotic idea, but I held back cause I didn’t want to hurt his feelings. He then gave me this inquisitive look, but I don’t remember much else, cause in my head all I was thinking about was how big of a moron Billy can be sometimes.

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