GMs: How to win friends and influence trades

A strong circle of friends, or few enemies in some cases, can be a GM's best weapon in trade talks.

Originally Published: July 29, 2003
By Buster Olney | ESPN The Magazine

The chances of any trade between the Reds and Mariners probably increased dramatically Monday, in the moment that Cincinnati president John Allen fired general manager Jim Bowden. Seattle GM Pat Gillick was barely on speaking terms with Bowden the last three years, since Bowden gloated in the aftermath of the Ken Griffey Jr. trade.

"I wouldn't say we call each other every day to see how the other is doing," Gillick said drolly in an interview earlier this summer.

Gillick said ...

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