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No, Kris Bryant isn’t going to be traded. But the ‘report’ raises a larger question

… on how quotes from baseball executives can be taken out of context.

Theo Epstein generally doesn’t talk to the media. He usually makes some remarks at the beginning of every season, then has a season-ending news conference, and in between… not much, except perhaps when a major free-agent signing or trade is made.

But MLB team executives got together in California this past week for meetings, and media members covered those meetings, and one of them asked Theo a question about “untouchables”:

“We’ve never operated with untouchables,” he said. “It sends the wrong message. Given what we’re trying to accomplish, it would be virtually impossible to envision the deal that would make sense to move them. I just don’t believe in untouchables. Why limit yourself?”

That’s a perfectly reasonable answer to a perfectly reasonable question.

The only problem is that the article linked above didn’t have a headline about untouchables.

Instead, it screamed out:

Cubs open to trading 3B Kris Bryant

And yes, I put that in big letters and boldface for a reason. It’s clickbait. You’re a Cubs fan. You’d read that article if you saw that headline on ESPN.com (where it was posted) or if you saw a tweet that had …Read the Rest

Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue

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