"Won't they print what's going on? What are you afraid of, anyway?"
"This is getting us nowhere," Short said.
"That's where we started," I said.
"Ballplayers are paid well enough that they shouldn't be doing things on the side."
"Ballplayers eat all year round. Aren't they entitled to a choice of jobs off season?"
"Will you agree to our terms?"
"No, sir," I said. "You're taking one job away from me and offering me a chance to gamble in exchange."
"All right. You're free to make a deal for yourself with any of the other major league clubs."
"What do you mean, 'free'?" I almost yelled.
"If you can find some club that will give us a player or even cash for your contract, you can do as you wish."