In 1990, the Red Sox were looking to secure the AL League Championship, and they believed a stronger pitching staff would get them there. To their defense, Bagwell was an unknown third baseman, while Andersen was a veteren hurler with a steady arm. While the Sox did make it to the league playoffs, Andersen only played in 15 games, and signed with the Padres a month after arriving in Boston. Bagwell made his debut with the Astros as a 1st baseman, and his stellar performance that year eaned him the title of Rookie of the Year, and over the next 14 seasons, Bagwell earned an MVP (1994), four All Star appearances, three Silver Slugger awards, and a Golden Glove. Many people believe Bagwell, who retired in 2005, is guarnateed a spot in the Hall of Fame.
Exactly. The Braves traded who for Fred McGriff? Nieves played sporatically over the next seven seasons and was at best mediocre. Elliot pitched a total of 35 innings, and Vince Moore never played in the majors ending his career in 2004 as an Edinburgh Roadrunner. Fred McGriff was instrumental in the Braves getting to the National Leage Championship that year, and although they lost to the Phillies, with Griff's solid swinging, the Braves went on to a World Series Championship in 1995. For the Braves, McGriff earned 3 Silver Sluggers, and made five All Star appearances.
While the spector of steroids has marred any of his achievemnts, McGwire was a force to be reckoned with. The Athletics, however, believed the 9-time All Star, and Rookie of the year had seen his better days, and wanted three pitchers. Over the next four years, McGwire hit 220 home runs (of his career total of 583), broke the single-season homerun record in 1998, and played on three All Star teams. McGwire also batted .500 in the Cardinals division domination over the Braves in 2000.
Mathews was the only pitcher who made any sort of contribution to the Athletics, giving them four and a half seasons, three of which he managed to win 6, 7, and 9 games. Ludwick started bad and ended worse, and Stein was traded to the Royals after one and a half seasons.
With Roy Oswalt having now accepted the trade to Philadelphia for J.A. Happ and two minor league players (Anthony Gose and Johnathan Villar), only time will tell if this trade proves to be a productive one for the Astros. Otherwise, they may have just committed the first bad trade of the new decade.
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