At the end of May, the Toronto Blue Jays finalized their acquisition of Fred Lewis from the San Francisco Giants. They got him for $75,000.
The Jays acquired Lewis on April 16th, the same day the O's put Pie on the DL. Since joining the Jays, Lewis has hit .310/.344/.518 with 19 doubles and four home runs. Fangraphs puts his value at $3.2 million to date.
Surely, no one expected Lewis to be as good as he has been for the Blue Jays, although it was clear he was better than Patterson on Lou would be. He's youngish at 29 and has years of team control remaining. And he was baseball's equivalent of free.
Instead, we went with two guys who have none of Lewis' upside nor his future years under team control.