Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Trade Deadline IS a Misnomer

Sports Weekly's August 6-12, 2008 issue did an article on the top 5 LOPSided trades, not including the Orlando Cepeda to St.Louis Cardinals for Ray Sadecki trade (which was on May 8, 1965).

1) June 15, 1964: Cubs trade Lou Brock to the St. Louis Cardinals.

2) July 28, 1995: Blue Jays trade right-hander, David Cone, to the NY Yankees for Marty Janzen and two minor league prospects. Damn, if they name Marty and not the other two one can only imagine who the other two guys were. Bet they aren't talking about it unless some obscure trivia buff happens to know who they are... (Jason Jarvis and Mike Gordon). Whoa! that's scary stuff, eh?

3) 7/31/1997; The A's trade Mark McGwire to St. Louis Cardinals for RHP's: Blake Stein, T.J. Mathews and Eric Ludwick (the brother of Ryan, #47, on the current Redbird roster).

4) 7/18/1993; Padres trade Fred McGriff to Braves for OF-Mel Nieves, RHP-Donnie Elliott and minor league OF (why'd he get that rap?): Vince Moore. If any Giants' fan ever wants a reason to despise the Padres, or Madres per my buddy Rook, just check out this trade. It was as if the general manager had a bug up his ass where the Gigantes were concerned. He just couldn't let the orange and black run away with the division so he did what he thought he had to do to prevent that from happening. And Fred McGriff was so unbelievably hot that this run of McGriff's just may get him a key to Cooperstown, NY.

5) 7/30/2004; Mets trade LHP Scott Kazmir and RHP Jose Diaz to DevilRays for RHPs Victor Zambrano and Bartolome Not So Fortunato.

(thanks to Sports Weekly and Baseball Reference for knowledge on the David Cone and Mark McGwire trades.)

Kevin Marquez