Every year after the deadline, we hear a little bit about discussions that didn't end up turning into deals. The last two years, that's all we've had for the Pittsburgh Pirates, since they didn't make a trade on either deadline day. This year, the news was that they made a better offer for David Price in terms of talent, but that the Rays wanted young guys who were in the majors.

Naturally, this was met with the usual skepticism and/or anger about coming up short. The skeptics believe that this is just a lie, which doesn't make sense as it's coming from a national media member (in this case, Peter Gammons). Is Gammons is reporting false information to allow the Pirates to say "We tried" when they really didn't, all with no vested interest in helping them out? Or is it just that the Pira...

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