Is it just me, or is it the slowest day in baseball news history? Seems that way, anyway. So I circle back to where I began the day, which is with the Sanchez-Wilson deal. Just read Dejan Kovacevic’s chat transcript over at the Post-Gazette, where he fields this question:
Mr_Xiaoqi: How much did the whole Wilson/Sanchez contact negotiation look like a sham to you?
Dejan Kovacevic: Getting this one a lot. The whole idea that this is PR makes no sense on any level, first of all. The Pirates are losing out on this becoming public, in every imaginable way. Second, I have been told, in very strong terms, that they genuinely hoped the players would take these offers and stay. Did they undercut them, insult them, all that? That is up to you. But the idea that it was a “sham” implies, to me, that they issued offers they never wanted to have accepted. Hard to make that argument in Wilson’s case.
Seems to me that the reason they’re losing out on this becoming public is because it was a bad attempt at P.R., not that it was no P.R. attempt at all. If you’re not interested in P.R. you don’t issue statements tantamount to press releases about your contract offers and then speak even more loudly once the offers are rejected. In response to a question you say you’re negotiating. In response to a question about the status, you say that the offers were rejected. Every other statement Huntington has made on the subject seems designed to paint Sanchez and Wilson in a bad light and make the Pirates appear as though they are trying to keep two popular players around when the offers on the table suggest otherwise. That’s a textbook example of P.R.
And I don’t get the statement “But the idea that it was a “sham” implies, to me, that they issued offers they never wanted to have accepted.” It’s just as much a sham if he makes offers he knows won’t be accepted, right?