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First Pitch: The Pirates Still Lost the Marlon Byrd Deal, and That’s Still OK

First Pitch: The Pirates Still Lost the Marlon Byrd Deal, and That’s Still OK

A year and a day ago, the Pittsburgh Pirates acquired Marlon Byrd and John Buck from the New York Mets, sending Dilson Herrera and Vic Black in return. Today, the Mets called up Herrera to the majors, which means the second baseman has made the jump from Low-A to the majors in one year. That, plus an off-day for the Pirates, gives us the chance to re-visit the trade and see how the Pirates made out in the deal. At the time of the deal, I wrote that the Pirates lost the trade from a talent standpoint, but as buyers, they needed to "lose" a deal to get what would help them in 2013. Let's take a look at how the deal looked a year ago, how it looks today, and how it might look in the future.
The Trade at the Time
Last year when the trade was made, I wrote about how the Pirates were giving up a lot in talent, but nothing that they'd really miss in the long-term. Meanwhile, they were filling immediate needs, which should be the primary concern as a buyer, especially if you're not giving up...

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