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League Rejects Trade Sending LaFarnara to Suns

posted Jul 11, 2014, 10:56 AM by Washburn Wiffle   [ updated Jul 11, 2014, 11:05 AM ]

John LaFarnara is a rookie this season and is a member of the WWL Warriors National Team

A block-buster trade that would have made John LaFarnara and Adam Pratt teammates in Mumford was rejected Friday afternoon by the Washburn Wiffleball League.  The Tenant Terrapins had agreed to send LaFarnara, the highly sought-after rookie, to the Suns late Wednesday afternoon for pitcher Trevor Swan

The Commissioner's office did not immediately make a decision, but there was conversation among Commissioner Pollard and Suns manager JT Williams over the past few days.

The league office officially announced this afternoon that it had vetoed the trade, despite the agreement between both teams.  The Commissioner was contacted for an explanation. 

"To start, this was not my decision.  I consulted league officials and managers to help determine the validity of this trade and to come to a fair consensus," explained Pollard.  "The league does not have any official rule regarding a trade deadline.  However, it does require teams to submit their final roster before their last regular season game," (Rule 2.06).  "Since the Terrapins have finished their regular season with LaFarnara a member of their roster, he is listed under their playoff roster which would make him ineligible to play for another team.  Despite this rule, I still wanted to consult other league members to make the right decision and I believe we did just that."

The Terrapins finished the season 0-12 and in last place, while the Suns currently sit in second place in the Main St. Division.  The Commissioner was asked if he thought this deal was being made to strengthen the Suns and he undoubtedly said yes.  "There is no question they want to beef up their roster for a playoff push and I think that's smart, but unfortunately a little too late," stated Pollard.  "What we don't want to see happening is these last second deals before the playoffs that change the integrity of teams, and we will be looking into what it can do to establish a more clear trade deadline."