Twins GM Bill Smith wanted more players in addition to Storen included in the trade, while [Nationals GM Mike] Rizzo was willing to deal the 23-year-old closer only if he got more than Span in return.
SMITH (on the phone): Yeah, hi, I'm calling about your ad in the paper - the '06 Mustang? I see here you've got this listed at $12,500.
RIZZO: Yes, that's right.
SMITH: All right, here's my offer: I'll give you $12,500, but you have to give me the car, plus a Camaro and two Toyota minivans.
SMITH: That's my offer.
RIZZO: You want me to give you four cars instead of the one I listed in the advertisement?
SMITH: Hey, take it or leave it.
RIZZO: Tell you what. I'll give you the car, but you have to give me $35,000.
SMITH: How is that a counter-offer? You're just asking for three times the original asking price.
RIZZO: Take it or leave it, man.
SMITH: How about this: I'll give you $5,000, but I get the car, two coupons for a free pizza with purchase of a pizza of equal or greater value, and a motorcycle to be named later.
RIZZO: I like that, but instead of $5,000, let's make it $50,000. And no motorcycle. And I get the coupons, not you.
SMITH: Let me try a different tack. I'll give you the $12,500, but I want the bedroom set, the two jet skis, the week in Amsterdam, and the year's supply of breakfast cereal. And a date with your wife.
RIZZO: That makes no sense.
SMITH: That's what I want.
RIZZO: Here's what I want: I'll give you $12,500, but I get a bedroom set, two jet skis, a week in Amsterdam, and a year's worth of cereal. And a date with my wife.
SMITH: That's what I just said. That's literally exactly what I just asked from you.
RIZZO: Well, that's what I want.
SMITH: I'm not sure this is working out.
RIZZO: Yeah, you might be right.
SMITH: How about I give you $12,500 for the 2006 Ford Mustang?
RIZZO: Are you serious?