Then don't read this:
No quality shortstops are known to be available in trade, and the free-agent market is thin on quality defenders at the position.
Originally, the Red Sox balked at our request for young, top-of-the-line pitching. However, when your only choice is to sign an inferior, Type A free agent, maybe you're a little more amenable to the Brewers' offer of J.J. Hardy.
At the very least, it sure looks like we didn't help ourselves by trading Hardy so quickly.