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  1. What’s really going on is that most media types are susceptible to being spun, as agents and GMs seek to further their negotiating interests. Rosenthal has been as guilty as most of his colleagues.

    Comment by Rich in NJ — December 7, 2009 @ 12:40 pm

  2. Also, whenever a GM says, “We have no interest/have had no conversations about Player X,” the team most certainly has had discussions about moving/wants to move Player X.

    See: Williams, Kenny of the Chicago White Sox and Bobby Jenks.

    Comment by 2nd Half Adjustment — December 7, 2009 @ 1:46 pm

  3. “The Braves want to move Derek Lowe or Javier Vazquez, but not Kenshin Kawakami.”

    Since this is obviously true, the M’s should deal Jose Lopez to get Vazquez and screw this talk of Harden. Can someone tweet that a source inside the sabermetric community has speculated that the M’s and Braves are talking about a deal involving J. Vazquez, J. Lopez, and “some other players”?

    Comment by philosofool — December 7, 2009 @ 1:50 pm

  4. This is called a very bad job of raising someone’s stock.

    Comment by philosofool — December 7, 2009 @ 1:51 pm

  5. Haha. Dave, can you do about 30 more terms, so I can link this to my friends who read MLBTR but not sabermetric blogs?

    Comment by Logan — December 7, 2009 @ 1:58 pm

  6. Biggest douchebag at the meetings– Jon Heyman

    I added a subset to one of those for you, Dave.

    Comment by JoeR43 — December 7, 2009 @ 2:19 pm

  7. But you don’t say “speculated” you say “suggested” or even “believes” — see how that works?

    Comment by Joser — December 7, 2009 @ 2:29 pm

  8. And every one of those sources has more credibility than anything offered by Phil Rogers.

    Comment by Christo — December 7, 2009 @ 2:31 pm

  9. Actually, Fangraphs should just set up a “translation” page a la the dialectalizer that auto-converts sports-media-speak into something closer to the truth.

    Comment by Joser — December 7, 2009 @ 2:35 pm

  10. This article is great. I’m glad to see some Jon Heyman clowning, as I distinctly remember him reporting on the MLB trade deadline that the player the Yankees dealt for Jerry Hairston Jr. was Austin Jackson. He later stated that he only heard whispers about Jackson being the player.

    Jon Heyman = clown shoes

    Comment by B-Chad — December 7, 2009 @ 6:42 pm

  11. The list of Heyman facepalms is long and legendary. My favorite is still the time he saw Yuniesky Betancourt play the field in exactly one game and, on that basis, proclaimed him the new default AL shortstop gold glove recipient. (Granted, that would be displacing Jeter and his often-dubious default status with the same award, but still: one game!)

    Comment by Joser — December 7, 2009 @ 8:29 pm

  12. It took Dayton Moore several seasons to determine that Yuniesky Betancourt is a gold glove level shortstop.

    Comment by Adam — December 7, 2009 @ 10:08 pm

  13. Obviously, since he had to watch all those games instead of using defensive metrics.

    Comment by Kevin S. — December 7, 2009 @ 10:18 pm

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