We've all heard the complaints of writers, GMs and other baseball personnel people about Mike Rizzo's supposedly tough negotiating tactics. In the end, those traits helped him in some ways (the Matt Capps trade) and potentially hurt him in others (not dealing Adam Dunn).â†µ
But in case you needed another reminder of just how Mike Rizzo does trade talk, this interview with Ben Goessling provides a clue.â†µ
I don't understand where the frustration comes from; I guess it's from not getting a player that you really wanted. But there was a way to get the player if you really, really wanted him. And there was no ambiguity about what the player was. The teams knew exactly what they had to do. If they give us this player, we make the trade. Without this player, there was no trade to be made. And giving us three or four names instead of the name we want wasn't going to work.â†µ
Well see, Mike, the reason everyone else is frustrated is because, typically, these things are done via negotiation, and in a negotiation, both sides start with extreme positions, negotiate and eventually end up somewhere in the middle. They don't start with an extreme position and keep asking the other side reach to reach extreme position over and over again. That's not a negotiation, that's a demand.â†µ
So yeah, that's where the frustration comes from. Just sayin'.