In response to Modano9009's comment:
In response to Ice-Cream's comment:
I will always remember Lowrie for his game-winning RBI in game 4 of the 2008 ALDS vs. the Angels. :)
Another good move by Billy Beane.
I was at that game - such a fun game to be at.
It's not that I think he was too good to let go of - it's just that they let him go and got nothing in return.
Not true. We received a pitcher, who even after a horrid season, was the centerpiece of a trade for Hanrahan.
Also, its not fair to use the benefit of hindsight. Melancon was team controlled for a while and coming off a year where he held his own as a closer. It wasnt unreasonable to think that he could be a low cost bullpen contributor for a couple of years. Something we appeared to need after Pap's departure.
Also: Pitt is expecting a good year from him, so its not like he doesnt have any "stuff"