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Breslow learns of trade on Twitter

Posted on: December 10, 2011 1:06 pm
 
By C. Trent Rosecrans

On TV and in the movies, when a player gets traded, he's called into the manager's office and given the news. That's usually how it's done during the season still, but during the offseason you'd expect a team's general manager to call up a player and break the news to him. 

And once upon a time, that was probably how it happened. In 2011, though, news moves faster than that -- or at least faster than Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane.

Yesterday the A's sent Trevor Cahill and Craig Breslow to Arizona for Jarrod Parker, Ryan Cook and Collin Cowgill. How did Cahill find out? Well, let's let him explain:

 

Another player traded on Friday, former Nationals reliever Collin Balester, got the news from his wife. He was shopping for a Christmas tree and had left his cell phone at home, but his wife -- who was due with their first child on Friday -- started getting calls and texts about the trade to Detroit, according to Amanda Comak of the Washington Times.

As someone whose wife was due Thursday (and still hasn't delivered), I can tell you it's a huge mistake to leave your cell phone at home at this point, but for reasons other than baseball. The good news, though, is that Balester's wife, Ashley, is from Perrysburg, Ohio, not far from Detroit, so they'll be headed to her home, which will be convenient with a new kid in the house. 

H/T: Yahoo's Big League Stew

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Comments

Since: Jul 11, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2011 4:42 pm
 

Breslow learns of trade on Twitter

Yeah, Rosecrans needs an editor and a writer to carry out his headlines.



Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2011 3:28 pm
 

Breslow learns of trade on Twitter

Besides the glaring goof about how Cahill found out (with a twitter quote from Breslow) this is still an amusing piece. Oh the glories of the technology age. I think I would still like to know before the rest of the world though.


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