JD at Red Reporter reports (naturally enough) that while Washington is interested in Eric Milton, the Reds are refusing to even return Bowden’s phone calls because they “don’t want to help Jim (Bowden) win.”
Of all the things…
Is this Allen’s vendetta or O’Brien’s fear? Either way, I can’t see how eliminating one of the few teams interested in your players could be helpful. There’s some sort of emotion driving this team’s moves, and it isn’t a burning desire to win.
Anyway, here’s the original story, from the Washington Times.
JD has a great line, of course: “It seems to me that giving Jim Eric Milton would be a good way to ensure that Jim doesn’t win, but whatever.”
UPDATE BY MATT, NOT THE ORIGINAL POSTER
O’Brien is denying this in the DDN this morning
O’Brien is in Billings, Mont., with the club’s Pioneer Rookie League team and laughed aloud when the report was read to him.
“I’ve probably not talked to Jim in about 10 days,” he said. “I explained to him at that time that our manager, Jerry Narron, and the coaches asked me for 10 days to two weeks to get a handle on our personnel. He said he would get back to me then.”
O’Brien paused and laughed again before saying, “I got an e-mail from Jim Bowden today giving me his new e-mail address.”
O’Brien said not much is active on the trade front anywhere right now, “But I expect appreciable activity to pick up during the All-Star Game.”