I read this quote in the Daily News by R.A. Dickey which I thought was interesting because it’s an actual player’s reaction to the Beltran trade.
“One of the things you can’t help but communicate to the team with a move like that,” says R.A. Dickey, speaking of the front office, “is, ‘You may do it, but we don’t believe this is our year.’
“That’s what’s being communicated and you have to be honest about that. And that’s OK, that’s part of development, to be honest in your evaluation of your team.
“But at the same time, there are guys in this clubhouse who don’t share that same sentiment. This is our team and we all take ownership of it. As a professional you have to try and see the trade as a decision based on the long term as well as the short term. But it’s tough to swallow at the beginning.”
This is an insight that you rarely see, and it’s an honest appraisal of what the team is feeling, and by team I mean the players themselves exclsuive of management and the front office.
Dickey is sort of the elder statesman on the team right now, filling the role once occupied by the departed Beltran of whom he speaks.