"With the injury to Steve Matz we couldn't afford to trade away a starting pitcher."
I call BS. Logan Verrett is in the minors. Pitcher-of-the-Week Darin Gorski is in the minors. Even "We did everything we could to ruin him" Dillon Gee is in the minors. Carlos Torres is in your bullpen. So is former starter Sean Gilmartin. If (and it's a huge if) the medical staff is to be believed, Matz is out for 3-4 weeks. You can surely muddle through with some combination of these people once every 5 days. If a team offered you a piece that could help, say Andy Van Slyke for Jon Niese, then this excuse doesn't hold water. Besides, there are many other positions besides starting pitcher at the major league level that can be traded. No one will tolerate that lie.