Thursday, July 29, 2010

Throwback Thursday: Three Terrible Trades of the 1990's

One of the many fascinating things about baseball is that it continually redefines the word 'dynamic'. Owners, managers, and coaches attempt to build teams which emphasize the unique strengths of each player. In order to cultivate the perfect team, those in charge will extend offers to players on other teams who they feel will enhance their team's synergy. Sometimes, these trades work out well for both teams, however, there are those cases where a trade turns out to be either extraordinarially one-sided, or an owner has miscalculated the potential of players traded away. Below is a list of three terrible trades of the 1990's.

  • August 30, 1990 - Boston Red Sox trade Jeff Bagwell to the Astros for Larry Andersen

  • 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.

  • July 18, 1993 - San Diego swaps Fred McGriff to Atlanta for Melvin Nieves, Donnie Elliott, and Vince Moore

  • 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.

  • July 31, 1997 – The Oakland Athletics trade Mark McGwire to the St. Louis Cardinals for T.J. Mathews, Blake Stein, and Eric Ludwick.

  • 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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    GM-Carson said...

    The Bagwell deal is one of the worst trades, if not the worst trade in MLB history.

    I think Happ will do alright in Houston, but the fact that the Astros send $11M the Phils way with Oswalt astounds me.

    patsfan630 said...

    I think all horrible trades have to include Heathcliff Slocumb for Derek Lowe and Jason Varitek.

    GM-Carson said...

    Heathcliff Slocumb was awesome. Sorta. Well, not really.

    Anonymous said...

    Bartolo Colon for Grady Sizemore, Cliff Lee, Brandon Philips and Lee Stevens

    GM-Carson said...

    Yes, that trade was extremely lopsided but it was in 2002. The post was about horrible trades of the 90's.

    patrick said...

    Heathcliff, Heathcliff... never could, save a game in his neighbourhood!

    Triteon said...

    @GM-Carson: I'd rank these ahead of Bagwell
    - The Cubs send Lou Brock, Jack Spring and Paul Toth to the Cardinals for Ernie Broglio, Bobby Shantz, and Doug Clemens
    - The Cubs send Ivan DeJesus to the Philadelphia Phillies for Larry Bowa and second baseman Ryne Sandberg (showing that the Cubs may giveth but the Cubs may also taketh away)
    - the Red Sox trade Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees for cash

    GM-Carson said...

    Who is this Babe Ruth character you speak of?

    Kidding aside, the Ryne Sandberg trade still haunts me as a Phillies fan. They've given away some damn good players over the years- Curt Schilling, Scott Rolen, Cliff Lee.

    Anonymous said...

    December 13, 1999. Florida trades for Houston's Rule 5 draft spot. Florida then flips newly drafted Johan Santana to Twins for Jared Camp and cash.

    August 28, 1996: Mariners get 3B Dave Hollins from Twins for player to be named. PTBN: David Arias. aka David Ortiz.

    On another note, doesn't the Bagwell picture look like he can totally fit in with Beavis & Butthead?

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