Rumors and Jones speculation
Nothing’s happened today so far (wooo!). I don’t know what that means. Jones being pulled from winter ball (a fine reminder, btw, that their management of him this season was ridiculous) and particularly the account of his conversation with Bavasi seem to indicate that a Bedard deal was so close the Orioles could ask for Jones to stop playing and have it happen — and then at least that deal fell apart. Of course, I don’t know for sure.
In situations like this, I’ve increasingly become reluctant to speculate on rumors and try and figure out what happened, and when. I don’t know who told who what, and why some sources reported one deal and others another. We have limited information, and sometimes that means you wait.
During last season, I heard repeatedly that Broussard was going to be traded. Three of those times it was enough that I thought about running the rumor, and other times it was “I know Broussard’s business manager, and he’s trying to find Ben a place in New York to stay after he’s traded”-type stuff.
You don’t remember me writing about it because I didn’t write any of it up. And it didn’t happen. After a long stretch of getting burned, from hearing Hargrove was going to get fired to other stuff, I decided to set the bar for writing anything up at, essentially, “trade announced.” It’s just not worth it. If a major media outlet runs something, or the Times/PI mentions talks are ongoing, well, if nothing else it’s a current topic of discussion and potentially worth commenting on it.
I’ve learned though that to some extent people are going to believe weird stuff. I’ve read online that USSM spread rumors that we refuted, that we supported things we opposed, and the other way around. At some point, you have to say “well, I’m trying as best I can” and shrug.
So back to Jones. Churchill‘s reported that he heard a deal would be announced today, and it wasn’t. And yet, I don’t doubt he heard that — and Jones being pulled certainly does seem to point to the team being perilously close to a deal. If all of this means that for whatever reason the team’s stepped back from a huge mistake, I’m happy to accept that.
I’d really like to see some rumors of “talks have broken off” though, maybe with some strong public statements to go with it. Let me know if you see any.