Originally written on The Viril View: On the KC Royals  |  Last updated 11/17/14
by John Viril— Every year, relief pitching gets over-valued at the trade deadline. Teams looking for a quick fix to help their short-term playoff fortunes often hope that acquiring relief help will put them over the top. That why teams will trade position player prospects for immediate bullpen help. There’s a long and storied history of unbalanced trades of this nature going back decades. Boston famously traded borderline Hall of Fame candidate Jeff Bagwell to Houston in 1993 for immediate bullpen help in the form of middle reliever Larry Anderson. In 1997, the Seattle Mariners traded Derek Lowe and Jason Varitek to Boston for Heathcliff Slocum. Closer to home, the Royals sent young pitchers Dan Miceli and Jon Leiber to the Pirates for relief pitcher Stan Belinda in 1993. These kind of trades are still going on. Last season’s playoff run by the Orioles was fueled their acquisition of starting position players Mark Reynolds, J.J. Hardy and  Chris Davis for middle relievers in 3 prior...
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