Anatomy Of The Michael Bourn Trade (Must Read)

It took a lot of work to get Michael Bourn in a Braves uniform.

Bloomberg Business Week has an AMAZING and revealing article up about how the Atlanta Braves and Houston Astros pulled off the Michael Bourn trade. The offering of the trade:

Astros: 10:30 a.m. Wade text message – Do you have interest in Michael Bourn?
Braves: Wren text message – A little.
Braves: 12 p.m. Wren text message – Was driving when your message came in. We have other things we are working on as a higher priority. We know the names you gave us [as part of the Pence negotiations], what mix would it take?
Astros: Wade text message – We’ll look. We would have interest in a package of [Randall] Delgado and [Mike] Minor.
Braves: 1:30 p.m. Wren text message – We see Bourn valued down a level from Pence for our club. We like the run production and power of Pence, and Bourn is a run creator. That doesn’t do as much for us. That is too rich for us. Thanks, Frank.
Astros: Wade text message If you want to pursue him, feel free to make a proposal that makes sense for you. Thanks.

And here's how it almost didn't happen:

At 7 p.m., Wade’s phone rings as he’s about to head home. It’s the general manager of another team inquiring for the first time about Bourn.
Astros: Wade – Our briefcases are packed up now, all we have to do is just say novenas for the rest of the night hoping Michael doesn’t get hurt. And I’m just about 10 paces from the elevator to push the button to go down to the parking garage. I said, "Out of respect, I don’t want to waste your time. I think we’re pretty far down the road on something." And the response is, "Even if I’m willing to give you better players?" And I said, "Just take me at my word. We’ve known each other for a long time, stay out of it."

This is an absolutely fascinating article, and a MUST READ for all Braves fans. Go here to read the full article. Great work by Bloomberg reporter Rob Gloster.

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