"We've had discussions with every team, save probably those in the postseason, and it's the preliminary looking at our prospective needs, strengths, weaknesses and seeing if there are any particular matches. But it's all been on a preliminary basis and there have been no specific names on any front with any club brought into the equation at this time."
Then what exactly are you talking to all those clubs about, DanO? I mean if you haven't mentioned any names in those discussions then it's difficult to imagine you were talking about baseball, as you'd invariably run into the subject of players, who come complete with names, if baseball was the topic of conversation.
Clearly phrases like "no specific names" and words like "discussions" or "talk" mean different things to DanO than it does to us lay folk. DanO's assertion that he's burning up the phones constantly, but never delving into specifics is bull and, as such, I don't see any reason why we'd take his word for it on these matters. For instance, if he were to say, "I've never discussed Eric Hinske with the Blue Jays," that would not mean he didn't have substantive talks with the Blue Jays about Eric Hinske. It would mean he hasn't traded for Eric Hinske at this very moment, which is information we already possess.
Now I don't blame DanO for making sure that everything he says amounts to nothing, it's a virus that's run rampant through our entire society, but it does mean I don't have to put stock in a single word he says.