"Kenny worked really hard at it," Melvin told reporters. "I probably received as many texts from him [as anyone else]. It just wasn't a match."
Williams also tried to involve a third team in order to facilitate the deal, with his Minor League system apparently not possessing the necessary prospects and Williams not wanting to break up the Major League roster for his first-place team.
"That gets complicated on that big a deal," said Melvin of involving a third team.