Around 1:05 p.m. on Monday, inside a suite of offices hugging the left-field pole at Dodger Stadium, general manager Farhan Zaidi reached for his iPhone. He had just finished an hour of feverish negotiating to complete a monumental trade minutes before the early-afternoon deadline. Now he thumbed a three-word text to his team’s manager.
The message soared eastward, rushing to meet the team’s flight as it traveled here. Inside a chartered United 737-800, the wireless network picked up the message and delivered it to Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. He looked down and read.
“We got Darvish.”
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