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One Year Ago Today: Pirates Bolster Bullpen

One Year Ago Today: Pirates Bolster Bullpen

I've talked a few times the last few days about how the July 31st trade deadline doesn't represent the final opportunity to add talent for the 2011 season.  I focused on the waiver trading period the other day, but what about waivers themselves?  That's a way that the Pirates have plugged holes on their team in the past, and it could be an option this year if the right players become available.  As an example of how teams can add talent via waivers, let's take a look at two moves that happened one year ago today.

A year ago today the Pirates were in a much different situation than they are currently in now.  Their season was over with two months remaining.  Not "over" as in "they're on a losing streak, and dropped to a game below .500, and now everyone is jumping off the bandwagon" over.  I mean "over" as in "they are 37-69, and just traded away almost every good member of their bullpen" over.  Yet the Pirates made two waiver claims to give their bullpen a boost, even though there w...

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