Category Archives: Trade Bait

Fire Kept Payne Because of Dead Phone

The Phoenix Fire reportedly had a deal on the table that would have sent future Hall of Famer and ULB Career Home Runs leader Ken Payne to the Playoff hopeful Charlotte Eagles.

Payne was very nearly traded to the Eagles last night.
Payne was very nearly traded to the Eagles last night.

“There was an offer made that was denied, and the Fire came back with another offer about a half hour before the deadline” says an unnamed source in the Fire’s Front Offices.

“Then he hung up on us. McNeal didn’t know what he had said to make it happen. Then he didn’t return our calls. We were baffled.”

According to an insider in Charlotte, GM Kevin Parlett’s phone died while he was commuting to dinner. He sent a text later saying ‘Sorry, Phone Died. Wish I woulda…”

Lidge Traded To Saints

Phoenix Fire Closer Brad Lidge has been traded to their cross division Rivals, the St. Paul Saints. Lidge’s contract demands were reportedly too much for Fire GM Rich McNeal and owner Shane MacMahon.

Contract Talks reportedly led to Shane MacMahon wanting to treat Lidge to his signature move.
Contract Talks reportedly led to Shane MacMahon wanting to treat Lidge to his signature move.

“We would have liked to have kept Brad in our bullpen, but as the season progressed, it was clear this was not in the cards. We wish Brad Lidge all the best in his future endeavors.” said Shane McMahon.

Lidge was sent to the Saints in exchange for 21 year old closer Wes Hardy. The Fire also sent $1,000,000 in the deal. Saints GM Ace Cooan was happy to acquire the fireball throwing closer at a reduced price for the final months leading up to a hopeful playoff run. Lidge currently has 20 saves in 41 games, and a 1.58 ERA.