quote:Originally posted by CPLZ:
I thought Bradford came in a trade from the White Sox...or am I thinking of someone else?
Billy Beane had his eye on Bradford, but knew if he asked for him directly, it would increase what he had to give up in return. So, when he called the White Sox, he feigned interest in another player. He then asked the Sox if they had any pitchers they'd be willing to throw in--once they mentioned Bradford, he said, "I suppose he'll do." I don't remember if the trade existed on its own or if it was piggybacked onto the "fake trade" that Beane initiated.
ETA: And I just realized I responded to an ancient post.