The team also went under a lot of heat for when they traded former first-round pick turned successful reliever Brad Lincoln. Lincoln was looking like a future backend of the bullpen arm, but the team traded him for outfield Travis Snider. Lincoln would go on to struggle after the deal and would be out of the League by the end of 2014.
There were a couple of other deals that worked out well also. The team traded lefty reliever Justin Wilson to the Yankees for catcher Francisco Cervelli. They traded lefty reliever Tony Watson to the Dodgers in exchange for then prospect Oneil Cruz. The final sell-high was Mark Melancon himself. Melancon was traded to the Nationals in exchange for two pitchers including Wil Crowe.
It would have been wise for the Pittsburgh Pirates to deal reliever Wil Crowe last season.
In the first half of the 2022 season, Crowe would pitch to an impressive 3.33 ERA and striking out nearly 1 per inning. The 2nd half was a disaster for Crowe, pitching to a 6.66 ERA and showing that he was not capable of pitching in the 9th inning. It is easy to look back and say the team should have sold high on Crowe, much like was done with Brad Lincoln many years ago. If David Bednar doesn't get hurt who knows what may have happened at the 2022 Deadline.