Nick asked me yesterday in a side email if Bronson Arroyo was "lied to" by the Sox’ front office over their intentions to trade him. I told him I didn’t think so, and no less unbiased a figure as Theo Epstein just asserted the same thing ;). Today, Bronson spoke out, and if you read this article and this article you’ll see that it’s pretty clear that he wasn’t lied to, that he himself had a trade on his mind, though it came more quickly than he thought. He even disregarded his agent Greg Clifton’s advice not to accept the Sox’ 3 year contract offer, as Clifton (correctly) felt this made him an attractive target for small market clubs, just like us. My biggest quibble (and it’s a minor quibble) is with the title of the first article ("Arroyo Cries Foul Over Trade to Reds), which seems to misrepresent Arroyo, who has handled this surprising trade with class and pragmatism, even while he’s obviously in a state of major disappointment.
(Oh, and Johnny Damon has an opinion, too (shock!!), and it’s sub-mental. Johnny thinks Arroyo should be allowed to "re-do his contract" because of the trade. Right. You really think Bronson’s going to get more than $11M from the Reds, Johnny? )