Tim Alderson's career with the Pirates ended today with a trade for Russ Canzler.

The Tim Alderson/Russ Canzler trade wasn't exactly a blockbuster deal. It was a marginal trade, and the type of deal you'd expect in early-to-mid July as the hot stove season starts to heat up. The Pirates sent away a guy who profiled as a potential middle reliever, and who wouldn't have even been an option for them this year due to their relief pitching depth. In exchange they got a guy who crushes lefties and profiles as a potential platoon option. The Pirates don't need bullpen depth, but they do need guys who can hit left-handers.

It's not exactly trading for a big bat, but it is trading from a position of strength for a position of need. My only question on that deal is wondering why Canzler didn't...

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