Originally Posted by camisadelgolf
No. The 1995 team needed pitching, so they traded Deion in the deal that got them Dave Burba, Mark Portugal, and Darren Lewis. Lewis was used as Sanders' replacement, and although he couldn't hit the broad side of a barn, he played some of the best outfield defense in the game. Burba and Portugal each helped anchor the rotation into the following year. Overall, it was one of Bowden's best trades.
I never saw the need for Darren Lewis. Thomas Howard, Jerome Walton, and even Reggie Sanders could provide adequate defense in CF, and much better sticks.