Diamondbacks Rumors: Pirates Rejected Trade for Stephen Drew

Jul. 3, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA: Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop Stephen Drew against the San Diego Padres at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

The Pittsburgh Pirates turned down a trade deadline day offer from the Arizona Diamondbacks that would have sent shortstop Stephen Drew to Pittsburgh for a pair of minor leaguers, reports Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

The names of the two reported prospects in the deal are unknown, but Biertempfel says they are at "mid- to lower-levels" of the Pirates’ system and their names were not James Taillon or Luis Heredia.

The Diamondbacks were shopping Drew this summer, but the club decided to hold onto him through the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. Beyond the Pirates, the Oakland Athletics also expressed interest in Drew.

On the season, the 29-year-old has hit .193/.280/.261 with six doubles and nine runs scored over 88 at-bats. He owns a career OPS of .765.

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Should the Pirates have made this trade if the prospects were only mid-level guys?

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