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Hanauer explains Ljungberg trade for pick

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on July 30, 2010 at 9:26 pm with 7 Comments »
July 31, 2010 7:43 am

I got a few minutes with Sounders general manager Adrian Hanauer tonight and got these answers on the club’s trade today, sending designated player Freddie Ljungberg to Chicago for a conditional 2011 or 2012 SuperDraft pick.

Q: How is it possible that a player like Ljungberg would draw only a college player to be picked later?

A: The answer is probably multifaceted. One, you always want more in a trade than you get. Two, in trades you get in some range of what the market calls the value. The market dictated the value to some degree. Then the two biggest issues would probably be that Freddie has only a short period of time left on his contract. Prior to this deal being done there was not an extension done, which I assume makes the longevity somewhat risky on both sides. And then finally, there just aren’t that many teams quite frankly in our league that are either capable of taking on the salary on the cap or had appetite for taking on the salary aside from the cap – the cash out of pocket.

Q: If that’s all you could get for Ljungberg, why not keep him for the playoff drive? Was this addition by subtraction?

A: I am going to let you answer the is-it-addition-by-subtraction question. I am only willing to talk about the facts and how we got here which was at the beginning of the year Freddie wanted a new contract. We weren’t willing to do it. Then midseason came, he wanted a new contract, we weren’t willing to do it. He said, ‘Let me explore my options.’ (Add his) ankle injury in there, (which) separated him from the group. So then fast-forward: he’s training on his own and there are certainly distractions that had the potential to creep in. … Meanwhile, the team is playing pretty well and we are negotiation for Alvaro Fernandez, are able to do that deal, Freddie finds an opportunity. The market — just given the factors I explained – there just aren’t huge trades being made for even a player of Freddie’s quality. Then by sending Freddie we’re now able to put Alvaro on the roster and we have a 24-year-old, up-and-coming, versatile, fast, clean, good quality midfielder on the team.”

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  1. flashash says:

    Does anyone else see the massive irony that the game ticket Freddie Ljungberg is featured on is against The Chicago Fire in Auguest?

  2. EverydayFan says:

    Now that’s funny.
    All that matters to me today, is 3Pts from tonight’s major divisional showdown

  3. Don Ruiz says:

    If any of you are season-ticket holders and willing/able to take a camera phone shot of the Ljungberg-Chicago ticket and forward it to me at I’d post it on the blog with appreciation.

  4. blahbl4hblah says:

    I like how Adrian tip-toed around the obvious “Ljunberg is a bratty crybaby and hasn’t been performing up to his pay rate” argument for giving him the boot. He better put on his big boy pants and start performing in Chicago if he wants to stay around in any league.

  5. elmocatt says:

    Agreed blah. The one thing the club has not said is why they really ended up trading him . . .but we already know the reasons.

    On one hand was resurprised that he went to Chicago and all we got was a future draft pic. On the other hand, not that surprised. He must not have had a lot of value. Since the international transfer window is open, he could have signed with a team in England, Sweden, where ever. And instead of a contract for next season, all FL got was to play out his existing contract in another MLS city – and by all accounts, FL did really like the local area.

    Aug 28 will be an interesting match. . . if he is still in the MLS. I could see this being a two step process. Sounders move him to clear room for Fernandez, and then Chicago turn around a few days later, let him sign overseas, and get something from the league in compensation (allocation money, part of sale proceeds, whatever).

  6. elmocatt says:

    Looks like Chicago knows what they are getting – nice euphemism (“some baggage”) in the headline from Chicago Tribune:

    “Fire trades for Swedish star Ljungberg. Former Arsenal standout arrives from Seattle with some baggage”

  7. Don Ruiz says:

    Thanks to several of who you contributed a photo of that Aug. 28 ticket. I’ve included a shot in a new post above, along with a comment from Adrian Hanauer.

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