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 addit...

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