The moves the Pirates made at the deadline have come under question in the last two months, with some feeling that the Pirates didn't do enough at the deadline to improve the team. Considering the nature of the team's second half collapse, I'd have a hard time arguing that one player would have made a difference. But there is one question I have about the deadline deals: why trade the compensation pick?
The Pirates were awarded the second pick in the competitive balance lottery, which would amount to the 33rd pick in the draft right now (that number could change). The competitive balance picks were tradeable, and the Pirates did end up dealing their pick. They sent the pick, along with Gorkys Hernandez, in exchange for Gaby Sanchez and Kyle Kaminska.
At the time, the deal was questionable. Sanchez had a .556 OPS with Miami this year, and was sent to Triple-A. Kaminska was a struggling Double-A reliever. That doesn't seem like the type of combo you'd deal the 33rd pick in the draf...
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