No word on whether Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski uses emojis in his texts. (Robin Buckson / Detroit News)
Detroit — So, who really sent the text?
A’s general manager Billy Beane on Thursday told a reporter he received it from Detroit GM Dave Dombrowski, but the Tigers insisted Friday afternoon it was the other way around.
In any event, the two had a fun, smack-talk exchange Thursday afternoon as baseball’s 4 p.m. trade deadline inched closer.
“You have 1 minute to acquire Chris Sale,” the text read, according to MLB.com’s Jane Lee, who said Dombrowski sent it to Beane.
That, to be fair, would be the most likely scenario.
Re: Price to Tigers, Beane "had a feeling it was going to happen." Dombrowski jokingly texted, "You have 1 minute to acquire Chris Sale"— Jane Lee (@JaneMLB) August 1, 2014
After all, it was Dombrowski who, just under the gun, pulled off a mega-trade for ace left-hander David Price of the Rays. It was a loud and clear answer to the A’s, who earlier in the day picked up ace left-hander Jon Lester from the Red Sox, after acquiring Jeff Samardzija from the Cubs a few weeks ago.
Sale is the White Sox ace, and he wasn’t on the trading block. The text was simply a case of one GM clearly needling the other.
The Tigers and A’s have built a rivalry on the field in recent years, with the Tigers winning in Game 5 in each of the last two American League Division Series.
And that rivalry has spread off the field, as two of the game’s most bold and aggressive executives searched for rotation help leading up to the trade deadline.
Who texted it? It’s still not entirely clear, but Tigers reliever Joba Chamberlain said if it was Dombrowski, “That’s a sweet move.”
“What is this, like chess? You’ve gotta hit the clicker, ‘I’m gonna take my rook over here,” Chamberlain said. “Just as much as players play the game, I think that’s the GM and front office side of things. That’s their game.
“If Dave really did that, hat’s off to him.”