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Trades Were Never Going to Help This Streaky Offense

Trades Were Never Going to Help This Streaky Offense

In the last two days the Pirates have been one hit and lost a 5-2 game against the San Diego Padres. That's the same San Diego team that is 70-80 this season, and 29-47 on the road. There was a time this year where the lack of offense the last two nights would have been met with loud cries of "Trade for a bat!", with no regard for the cost of that bat. That time was actually a few weeks ago, before the Pirates added Marlon Byrd and Justin Morneau.

The biggest misconception about mid-season trades comes with the value those trades provide. Most people grossly over-estimate the impact that an individual player will have. The Pirates had one of the worst offenses in the league prior to the trades for Byrd and Morneau. That's a team effort, and not something that would change with the addition of 1-2 players.

Articles are written all the time leading up to the trade deadline showing that the value of players is lower than the expected value of players. Yet every year that misconcepti...

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