The real sorrow of the affair is we are talking about the future of not just a prospect and his future but a human being.
If word did leak out and Clayton Hamilton is hearing it from outside sources, it just doesn't seem right. If you are being sent to a different office within your company, the only person who should be telling you is your boss.
According to Hamilton, a Pittsburgh area reporter was the first to ask him about the trade. Our interview, at least, wasn't the sideswipe.
"I haven't heard from either the Padres or the Pirates," Hamilton admitted. "My agent is trying to get a hold of either side."
Hamilton went 9-6 with a 2.88 ERA for the Fort Wayne Wizards in 2005 before being promoted to Lake Elsinore. He went 2-2 with a 5.14 for the Storm, nursing a groin injury during the last month of the season.
Hamilton held batters to a .211 average against with runners in scoring position in Midwest League play – a number that jumped to .314 with RISP during his stint in the California League.
"It is kind of frustrating for me (not knowing) – but as long as I get a chance to play," Hamilton added.
It should be no surprise that the Pirates are knocking on Hamilton's door.
"They drafted me my junior year and there were rumors I might get traded their last year."
The official word from the Padres came from Grady Fuson: "There is nothing to comment on at this time."
Perhaps the Pirates have a list of several players to choose from. Perhaps it is Hamilton.
And Hamilton sits in limbo until it becomes official – either still a Padre prospect or new member of the Pirates system. Future considerations indeed.