We know that the Braves and Rays almost acquired Jason Bay from the Pirates at last year's trade deadline. Rob Bradford of WEEI.com has some specifics on who the Pirates would have received in return and just how close the Braves came to completing the deal:
- The Braves would have sent Concepcion Rodriguez, Brent Lillibridge, Brandon Jones and Jeff Locke to the Pirates.
- Interestingly, Locke was eventually dealt to the Pirates for another All-Star outfielder, Nate McLouth.
- The Braves actually had Bay's name sewed onto a jersey. I wonder who has it now…
- Pirates president Frank Coonelly called the deal off since he wanted more major league talent in return.
- Bay had no idea that he came so close to becoming a Brave and said he's happy to be in Boston.