The trading season opened with a few conspicuous moves – Scott Kazmir going to the Astros for a few not-top prospects and Aramis Ramirez going back to where he started in Pittsburgh for $3 million of salary and a warm body going to Milwaukee.
Even the Michael Conforto promotion was met with cynicism as it was positioned as a short term visit to the majors until the, ahem, bat of Michael Cuddyer returns to the lineup. Once again instead of acting like the Cubs who promoted top prospect Kyle Schwarber after 519 ABs in the minors. Conforto has had 520, so the "hasn't had enough experience in the minors yet" excuse wasn't going to hold water. Everyone knew it was all about the Benjamins and service time that was holding him back until they realized that nothing was likely to change significantly on the trade front, so this desperate ploy to placate the fans and media finally took place.