A general manager’s job in any professional sport is never easy. That goes even more so for baseball.
Being a GM is basically a lifestyle. Pardon the cliché, but It’s 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and 365 days a year.
A prime example was the Pittsburgh Pirates trading Josh Bell to the Washington Nationals on Christmas Eve in 2021. Or the Baltimore Orioles and Detroit Tigers executing a near-meaningless trade last Saturday night on New Year’s Eve involving a player who had been designated for assignment.
Seattle Mariners vice president of baseball operations Jerry Dipoto is the most prolific trader among the current-day executives. I asked him a few years ago if he ever shuts his cell phone off.