Hunter Pence was traded to the Giants with a crate full of Hunter Pence bobbleheads waiting for dispersal. Charlie Manuel was fired the afternoon before a celebration of his 1,000th managerial win.
So it's nice that 'poor timing' isn't just a 'Phillies' thing.
The Mets made a move today, trading Harvey-comforter John Buck and volcanic Marlon Byrd to the Pirates in exchange for a shortstop. A good move, made with the future of the club in mind, but one that doesn't exactly sync up with tonight's giveaway at Citi Field.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 27, 2013
Roster moves aren't an exact science anyway. If a GM was genuinely taking souvenir giveaways into account before making a move, he would be probably the worst GM in the history of one guy in a suit dictating the location of many other guys in uniforms.