The Pirates have reportedly traded Indianapolis outfielder John Bowker to the Phillies, and "it is unclear who the Phillies will give up in the deal." I WAIT WITH BATED BREATH.
Zach Buccos and I were just talking tonight about the possibility of Starling Marte moving up to Class AAA to end the season. There are only a few games left, and I doubt the Pirates would've let Bowker get in Marte's way, but now there's clearly room for him.
UPDATE 1:35 PM: Example No. 18,745,453 of why Twitter is dumb. From a tweet Dejan Kovacevic just sent to 11,000 people: "And apparently the Giants know how to fleece 'The Best Management Team in Baseball.' Zilch left from Sanchez & Lopez deals."
The Pirates didn't get "fleeced" in either deal. What they got represented good value at the time. I wasn't thrilled about the Sanchez deal at the time, but a lot of Giants fans were furious about it. The two trades didn't work out. There's a big difference. Every major league team makes trades that don't work out. Every. Single. One. This is particularly true when we're talking about dealing veterans for prospects at the deadline. So what did we really learn here? Was this potshot really so penetrating and crucial that 11,000 people needed to see it?