Stranahanahan thinks this deserves it's own fanpost, so darn it we're giving it it's own fanpost!
And, the important quotes from one Mr. Frank Wren, Atlanta Braves General Manager:
"We don't have any intention of doing business with them, and they've been notified of that,''
"When you can't trust who you're doing business with, you can't do business with them. It's plain and simple.''
Finally, from this LA Times link we get this:
When WIFN talk show host Bill Shanks prefaced a question by saying that he knew Wren couldn't burn bridges with Kinzer and Tellem, Wren interjected, "That bridge is gone. I don't have to worry about burning it. The bridge is gone."
So what's to be gained from this? I dunno, really.
I think it's painfully obvious that Kinzer was very unethical in his dealings with Atlanta, to the point that Wren actually sent a signed term sheet (contract) to Kinzer. Perhaps not so much with Oakland, although the appearance of using Oakland to get a 4th year into Furcal's contract seems to have worked.
Anyway, on to the blacklisting bit. I wonder what (any?) ramifications this will have in MLB. Wasserman Media Group's baseball division is headed by Arn Tellem represents a whole heap of players -- including Jason Giambi, for those who still think he should come back to Oakland -- and there is the potential for teams to be less likely to negotiate with WMG now. At the same time, there's been nothing to show that WMG had anything to do with what happened other than employ Kinzer. Maybe guys who have Kinzer representing them will look elsewhere now? Maybe not -- after all, he did get Furcal his money, his years, and his desired location.
How does AN think this will play out in future negotiations with players?