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Monday, December 05, 2005 12:48 PM
Trade Season, Corporate-Style
Kevin Salwen on Business

For baseball fanatics (like me), today marks one of the more enjoyable weeks of the year -- the the baseball winter meetings. Forget the rule changes and the financial talks; I love the trade talk. Suddenly, hundreds of players are tossed into the possible swap mix -- would Manny feel at home in Minnesota?, would Benjie fill that hole on my team?, should I unload this highly paid veteran for 3 kids with potential?

This year, my thoughts wandered to what it would be like if business ran this way. 'I have an extra marketing director, you have a great comptroller. Want to consider a swap?' The possibilities are limitless: my malcontent might be wonderfully happy in your organization; I really need some more diversity and you seem to have a high percentage of Latinas; you've got a whole team of thinkers and no doers and I've got extra doers. We've got extra payroll and I'm considering going lower-cost...

Trading business teammates. Anybody see any possibilities here?


Harold - 12/5/2005 5:15:40 PM
Silence Jerrome! Follow the spirit of the post.

How about this...

I'll trade you a Jerrome and Josh for a Janet with an option on two minor league posters to be named later?

I love it. Can we extend this to politicians?
Jerrome - 12/5/2005 2:34:46 PM
If you're looking for ways to improve business, finding a role model in the baseball world ain't it. So many players change venues each year that it's impossible to know who's on a team anymore. There's a great Jerry Seinfeld line (quoted in this morning's Atlanta paper): 'We don't root for people anymore -- we root for laundry.' In other words, we root for a team's logo, not so much for the wearers of the shirts.

Baseball is a mess, not a model.


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