Baseball journalism is in a bad state -- I never read ESPN.com save for sneering purposes -- and it can be summarized by this excerpt from Mercury News writer Mark Purdy
Either of these trades would have been more palatable if Beane had obtained a proven and solid major leaguer, someone who could be plugged into the lineup and have a guaranteed impact. Instead, for the franchise's two most productive pitchers, Beane has acquired some very promising prospects who might help the team one day, some bullpen help that won't do much good if there are no leads to protect, and some starting pitchers who may or may not produce.
Because you wouldn't want good relievers when the game is tied. Or when you're down by one run and need to keep the other team from scoring when you mount your comeback.