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Pardon Me?

Another story from yesterday's USA Today sports section (I was on an airplane and unexpectedly out of battery power). Unavailable on the Website, this is about Dusty Baker stepping down as manager of the San Francisco Giants.

Baker's contract expired Wednesday without progress in negotiations, at which point general manager Brian Sabean ended talks with the three-time National League manager of the year.

"It became apparent for whatever reason that Dusty was interesting in exploring other opportunities," Sabean said.

So far, so good. But then...

"We couldn't seem to surround the situation, and in some cases Dusty was reluctant to embrace it."
Pardon me? I realize that last sentence was grammatically correct, but for the life of me I can't understand what it means. Why do some people talk like that? When they do, why do some reporters print it without commentary or explanation?

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