Yesterday I heard an interview with Chuck Greenberg where all manner of issues were discussed and one thing in particular jumped out at me.
While discussing the Cliff Lee saga and the less significant Zack Greinke saga, he mentioned that he was never involved in a possible trade for Greinke. When it came to Lee, however, he was right in the middle of it.
He went on to explain that when it comes to free agents, he (and probably Bob Simpson & Ray Davis) will be involved because that’s a money issue and it requires money people to structure a deal.
When it comes to trades, however, he (and hopefully Bob Simpson & Ray Davis) will leave it to the baseball people to decide if they will pull the trigger and which players move as part of the deal.
That, to me, is a very good sign. People in Dallas know what happens when an owner plays GM (Jerry Jones) or overrides his GM (Tom Hicks). I’ve heard that Adrian Gonzalez found himself in San Diego (and subsequently Boston) because Mr. Hicks told his GM definitively that Mark Teixeira was the future of the franchise at first base.
So, thank you, Chuck Greenberg, for not being a putz.