...says he understands that your team still has some holes. Asks what it will take for his team to obtain the services of Alex Gordon. After verifying with your assistant that Alex has two full years of team control left, and will be 28 in February, you tell the GM you will get back with him in the morning.
Morning comes. Before you have even grabbed a cup of coffee, your cell phone rings. It's Him. What are you going to tell Him?
A) Sorry, no can do. Aforementioned player is off limits. We have every intention of signing him to an extension before Spring Training.
B) We need starting pitching bad. Here's who YOU have, that we WANT:
C) We need pitching, but have some other needs also. This is the package that we will HAVE TO have:
D) Call me back at the trading deadline.