Amaro did not think that was going to be the case the day before. He feared things were falling apart but said, “I always try to stay cautiously optimistic.”
It helped that he was dealing with Wade, but not because Amaro feels as though he can pull one over on his former boss.
“Obviously I have a familiarity with Ed and I view him as a good friend,” Amaro said. “The one thing you can get from some particular GMs is that you can get a deal done. Some relationships that you have with certain GMs, you don’t feel that way. But Ed and I had always been able to do things in the past, so when you grease the skids, you know at the end of the day you can do something.”
...In that scenario, Wade was forced to make deals with an eye to the future, even though his future as Houston’s general manager is in jeopardy. He didn’t care if he was dealing with the Phillies or the Atlanta Braves, as he proved Sunday when he dealt centerfielder Michael Bourn to the Phillies’ closest division rival in the standings.
“My future has no bearing whatsoever,” Wade said. “I think I have always exhibited the idea that the team comes first. I’m always going to try to make the right decision on behalf of the organization. When I was in Philadelphia, I had a chance to make some moves that would have been a short-term fix that I didn’t make. A lot of those guys are the core of that team now.”