Originally Posted by dougdirt
Nope. Tough to win a trade when you were the only market for the player you traded for and still gave up real talent to get it.
Often repeated but rarely challenged.
What evidence do you have that the Reds were the only destination Rolen could have ended up at in July 2009? Even if you had no other contenders, they had to meet the Jays price. Why didn't they just trade a bag of balls for him? Would that have been too much?