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One of these days Pittsburgh is going to realize that Sabean keeps stealing their best players and they'll stop doing business with San Francisco forever.
In the first series of the year, John Bowker went three-for-nine with a homer and three RBI.
In the next two months, he picked up just two more home runs and five more RBI.
Since it was quite evident the opening day right fielder was not a major-league-caliber player, Bowker was demoted to Triple-A on June 2nd.
Joe Martinez had a 4.91 ERA in ten innings of work last year for the Giants. San Francisco had high hopes for him as a potential starter or long reliever, but there was really no space for him on the team.
In exchange for two players who would contribute nothing to the team in the foreseeable future, Sabean acquired lefty-specialist Javier Lopez, one of the key cogs in a dominant bullpen that propelled the Giants to the World Series.
Javy Lopez recorded a 1.42 ERA in 19 regular season innings past the trade deadline to help the Giants reach the playoffs, where he allowed one earned run in 5.2 innings.
Lopez came up huge in the NLCS, where he shut down Philadelphia's murderer's row of Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Raul Ibañez in late-game situations.
Sabean made a great deal to dump two guys who were only taking up space and also fill a need in the bullpen in one fell swoop.