Uggla goes to Braves for ‘NUTS; MacPhail evidently doesn’t have any …..

November 17, 2010 |

I would love to know where Andy MacPhail spent his Tuesday afternoon. Enjoying Space Mountain @ Disney World? Shopping for a new red sweater vest? Planning his Thanksgiving holiday?

I’ll imagine Major League Baseball’s annual General Managers meetings, in Orlando, are a rather dull affair. Can you bear the thought of eating a big lunch and being subjected to a mid-afternoon speech by Bud Selig?

But, I’m very curious about Andy MacPhail’s day and exactly how it unfolded.

Maybe, he was distracted. Maybe, he was agonizing over his stay in Central Florida, especially as one of his favorite musical artists was rolling into Baltimore and priming for a big Tuesday night concert, at 1st Mariner Arena …..

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Seriously, Andy, please just tell us your phone never rang.

Can you confirm a call from the Florida Marlins never arrived?

Tell us Larry Beinfest didn’t at least shoot a quick email or text message to gauge your interest in Dan Uggla.

Heck, we’ll even accept something crazily convenient, like the “I didn’t know he was available” excuse …..

Tell us ANYTHING, except “we weren’t interested.”

To be honest, when yesterday’s news of Uggla’s trade to the Atlanta Braves became public, my first reaction was anything, but surprising. We heard he was being shopped and rumors circulated around the Toronto Blue Jays as a possible destination for the power-hitting infielder.

I even discussed those rumors with Blue Jays’ radio voice, Alan Ashby, during yesterday’s AFTERNOON DRIVE.

Ashby speculated on Toronto’s interest and he indicated the team would likely move Uggla to 3rd base, if acquired. They already have a 2nd baseman in Aaron Hill, but they need to fill a vacancy at the hot corner.

When Uggla was ultimately dealt to Atlanta, yesterday, I reasoned Toronto’s offer wasn’t good enough.

I understand the business of baseball. And, like I said, I really didn’t have much of a reaction to news of the trade.

However, when I learned what the Braves gave up in acquiring Uggla, I did wonder what the Blue Jays offered for him.