This is Part 2 of a series, the trades are chronological and are numbered from the start of Part 1
10.Â April 6, 1995 – The Kansas City Royals traded P David Cone to the Toronto Blue Jays for P David Sinnes, MI Tony Medrano and UT Chris Stynes. Â If you didn’t agree that David Cone was a star by the time of trade # 4, surely he was one now having won the 1994 Cy Young.Â You may see his other accomplishments in Part 1, trade # 4.
Sinnes never reached the majors and was out of professional ball following the 1995 season which he spent with the Advanced A team of the Royals.Â Medrano also never reached the majors but stuck around for 14 minor league seasons, leaving after 7 consecutive seasons in AAA ended with a 2006 stint with the AAA club of the Washington Nationals.Â Stynes played in 58 games over 2 seasons with the Royals, then was traded to the Cincinnati Reds on July 15, 1997.Â He wound up playing in 828 games over 10 major league seasons with 6 teams, his last season being 2004 with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
11.Â July 6, 1995 – The Minnesota Twins traded P Rick Aguilera to the Boston Red Sox for P Frankie Rodriguez and someone named J.J. Johnson who does not exist in baseball-reference.com’s database so I can’t share anything with you about him.Â Aguilera was in his 11th season at the time of the trade.Â He was a 3 time All-Star and 2 time World Champion who had made the career transition from starter to long reliever to closer and amassed 191 saves before being sent to Boston.Â He helped the Red Sox to the post season that year but did not play and they lost the ALDS.Â He left the Red Sox via free agency at the end of that season and returned to the Twins.Â He finished his career after 2000 having pitched in 16 seasons, and left with a record of 86-81, 3.57 and 318 saves which is 15th all time.
Rodriguez had pitched a career total of 15 1/3 innings in the majors prior to the trade.Â He stayed with Minnesota until May 26, 1999 when he was waived and claimed by the Seattle Mariners.Â His 7 ML seasons concluded with 2001 when he pitched 7 games for the Cincinnati Reds with no record and an ERA of 11.42.Â Overall he went 29-39, 5.53.Â After a 6 year absence from pro ball he pitched briefly for Newark of the independent Atlantic League in 2008.Â The Twins did not make the post season during his tenure.
12.Â July 28, 1995 – The New York Mets traded OF Bobby Bonilla to the Baltimore Orioles for OF Damon Buford and OF Alex Ochoa.Â Bonilla was in his 10th ML season at the time of the trade.Â He was a 5 time All-Star and 3 time Silver Slugger who had averaged 21 HR and 83 RBI per season to that point.Â For his career he played in 16 seasons and made it to the post season 5 times including a World Series championship in 1997 with the Florida Marlins with whom he signed after leaving the Orioles via free agency following 1996, but not in 1995.
Buford had 113 total ML at bats over parts of 3 seasons before joining the Mets.Â He hit .235 in 136 at bats for the Mets and they traded him to the Texas Rangers on January 25, 1996.Â The last of his 9 ML seasons was 2001 with the Chicago Cubs for whom he hit .176 in 85 at bats.Â His last pro season was 2003 with the AAA team of the Montreal Expos.Â Ochoa made his ML debut for the Mets in 1995 and he hit .273 with 7 HR and 55 RBI in 557 at bats over 3 seasons until he was traded to the Minnesota Twins on December 12, 1997.Â The last of his 8 ML seasons was 2002 which he split between the Milwaukee Brewers and the then Anaheim Angels.Â After 4 years away he briefly attempted a comeback in 2007 with the Boston Red Sox AAA team but hit just .138 in 87 at bats.Â The Mets did not make the post season during their tenure.
Janzen made his ML debut with Toronto in 1996 and was out of the majors after 1997.Â His career numbers are 6-7, 6.39 in 27 games, 11 of which were starts.Â He continued to plug away in the minors, playing a total of 13 career minor league seasons the last of which was 2005 which he spent with 4 different teams in 2 different independent leagues.Â Jarvis never reached the majors and was out of pro ball following the 1997 season which he spent with Toronto’s AA club.Â Gordon also never reached the majors and his career ended following the 1999 season which he spent with the Milwaukee Brewers‘ AA club.
14.Â July 31, 1995 – The New York Mets traded P Bret Saberhagen to the Colorado Rockies for P Arnold Gooch and P Juan Acevedo.Â SaberhagenÂ was in his 12th ML season at the time of the trade.Â He was a 3 time All-Star, Gold Glove winner and had won 2 Cy Young awards taking the AL nod in both 1985 and 1989.Â His record was 139-99, 3.19 and his K/BB ratio was a fantastic 3.63 to 1.Â He had been in the post season twice winning a World Series with the 1985 Kansas City Royals.Â He left the Rockies via free agency after the 1996 season.Â He wound up pitching 16 ML seasons and finished with a 167-117, 3.34 record.Â He made the post season a total of 5 times including an NLDS appearance with the ’95 Rockies.
Gooch is not listed in baseball-reference.com’s database but in the Mets system he never made it above AA and was no longer in their system after 1998.Â Acevedo had made his ML debut for the Rockies prior to the trade in ’95 and was 4-6, 6.44 in 17 games, 11 starts when the Mets acquired him.Â He returned to MLB with the Mets in 1997 and went 3-1, 3.95 for them that year in 25 games, 2 starts.Â March 28, 1998 he was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals.Â He wound up pitching in all or part of 8 ML seasons, his last 2003 which he split between the Toronto Blue Jays and the New York Yankees.Â His total career numbers are 28-40, 4.33.Â As of the conclusion of the 2009 season Acevedo was still pitching professionally having spent the last 5 seasons at the AAA level in the Mexican League.
15.Â July 31, 1997 – The Boston Red Sox traded P Heathcliff Slocumb to the Seattle Mariners for P Derek Lowe and C Jason Varitek.Â Slocumb hardly qualifies as a star with his 1 All-Star game appearance, but the closer did register 32 and 31 saves respectively the two full seasons prior to the trade and had 17 at the time he was dealt and by now I’m pretty desperate to show some return for trading established major leaguers for unproven minor leaguers.Â This trade shows it’s possible.Â Slocumb saved 10 games down the stretch for the Mariners and helped them to a post season appearance.Â He left the Mariners via free agency after the ’98 season and left pro ball following the 2000 season.
Lowe had made his ML debut in ’97, going 2-4, 6.96 in 12 games, 9 starts for Seattle.Â Since the trade he has had a 21 win season and a 42 save season which coincided with his 2 All-Star appearances.Â Varitek had yet to make his MLB debut and was with Seattle’s AAA club at the time.Â Boston called him up late in the ’97 season and he never looked back, returning to the minors only for injury rehab in 2006.Â Varitek made 3 All-Star games, won a Gold Glove and a Silver Slugger award.Â Both he and Lowe are still plugging away in the majors 13 years later.Â With Lowe and Varitek the Red Sox made the post season 4 times including their 2004 World Series title.Â Lowe has since been to the post season twice more with the Los Angeles Dodgers, and Varitek 3 more times with the Red Sox including their 2007 championship.
16.Â November 18, 1997 – The Montreal Expos traded P Pedro Martinez to the Boston Red Sox for P Carl Pavano and P Tony Armas, Jr.Â At the time of the trade Martinez was in his 6th ML season and was a 2 time All-Star coming off an NL Cy Young award winning season in which he won 17 games and had an ERA of 1.90(!). Martinez won the first of his 3 AL Cy Young awards in ’98 leading the Red Sox to the post season.Â With them he returned there 3 more times culminating with the 2004 World Championship.Â He left the Red Sox via free agency following that season and still pitches today or so they tell me.
Pavano made his ML debut for the Expos in ’98.Â He appeared in 81 games for them over 5 seasons with a record of 24-35 before being traded to the Florida Marlins July 11, 2002.Â The Expos did not make the post season during his tenure.Â The Marlins helped him get a World Series ring in 2003.Â He has completed 11 ML seasons and has a record of 80-78, 4.44.Â Armas Jr. made his ML debut in ’99 for the Expos.Â Over 8 seasons he made 151 starts for the Expos to a record of 48-60, 4.45.Â After the 2006 season he left the now Washington Nationals via free agency.Â He last pitched in the majors in 2008 and finished the 2009 season in AAA.Â The Expos/Nationals did not make the post season during their tenure.
17.Â February 6, 1998 – The Minnesota Twins traded 2B Chuck Knoblauch to the New York Yankees for OF Brian Buchanan, SS Christian Guzman, P Eric Milton and P Danny Mota.Â At the time of the trade Knoblauch had won the 1991 AL Rookie of the Year award and was a 4 time All-Star, 2 time Silver Slugger and 1 time Gold Glove winner and a 1991 World Series champion.Â In each of the 4 seasons he spent with the Yankees Knoblauch made it to the post season with 4 AL Pennants and 3 World Championships.Â He left the Yankees following the 2001 season via free agency and left professional ball after the 2002 season.
Buchanan made his ML debut for the Twins in 2000 and filled the role of back up OF with them until his trade July 12, 2002 to the San Diego Padres.Â He never made it to the post season with the Twins or any other club and was last seen in the majors in 2004.Â He has spent the last 2 seasons with the Kansas City Royals AAA club.Â Guzman made his ML debut in ’99 and spent 6 seasons with the Twins as their starting SS making 1 All-Star appearance and 3 post season but no World Series appearances.Â He spent 2009 as the primary SS for the Washington Nationals.Â Milton made his ML debut for the Twins in ’98 and spent 6 seasons as a regular member of their starting rotation, making 1 All-Star and 2 post season appearances and compiling a 57-51, 4.76 record.Â He spent part of 2009 with the Los Angeles Dodgers and part with their AAA affiliate.Â Mota made his ML debut in 2002 and his entire ML career consists of that season’s 5 1/3 innings pitched.Â He left professional ball after spending 2001 with 2 AAA teams.
18.Â May 22, 1998 – The Florida Marlins traded C Mike Piazza to the New York Mets for P Geoff Goetz, OF Preston Wilson and P Ed Yarnall.Â At the time of the trade Piazza was in his 7th ML season and had been the ’93 NL Rookie of the Year and was a 5 time All-Star and Silver Slugger award winner who had made 2 post season appearances with the Los Angeles Dodgers.Â Piazza spent 8 seasons with the Mets and appeared in 2 post seasons with them including 1 NL Pennant.Â He made 6 more All-Star appearances and won 4 more Silver Slugger awards.Â He left professional ball following the 2007 season having made 1 more post season appearance with the San Diego Padres.
Goetz shot some kids he said had threatened him with a screwdriver on the NYC subway.Â Just kidding.Â He never made the majors.Â In 9 minor league seasons he never made it above AA ball and left baseball after 2006 following 2 seasons in independent leagues.Â Wilson had 20 ML at bats before the trade.Â He made the majors full time in ’99 and finished second in NL Rookie of the Year balloting.Â He spent 4 seasons as a starting OF for the Marlins averaging 26 HR, 82 RBI and 22 SB per season but did not appear in the post season with them.Â He made 1 post season garnering a World Series ring with the 2006 St. Louis Cardinals.Â His last season in the majors was 2007 but it has been written recently that he is looking to make a comeback at age 35.Â Yarnall’s major league career consisted of 2 brief stints with the New York Yankees in ’99 and 2000 for whom he pitched a total of 20 innings.Â His last appearance in pro ball was with Long Island of the independent Atlantic League in 2007.
19.Â July 31, 1998 – The Seattle Mariners traded P Randy Johnson to the Houston Astros for P Freddy Garcia, SS Carlos Guillen and P John Halama.Â At the time of the trade Randy Big Unit Johnson was in his 10th ML season.Â He was a 5 time All-Star and the 1995 AL Cy Young award winner for his 18-2, 2.48 season.Â He had made 2 post season appearances with the Mariners.Â After the trade he went 10-1, 1.28 in 11 starts to lead the Astros to a post season berth.Â He left the Astros following the ’98 season and as of the end of 2009 is a 303 game winner, 10 time All-Star and 5 time Cy Young award winner in 22 ML seasons.Â He has 8 post season appearances including the 2001 World Championship.
Garcia made his ML debut for Seattle in ’99 and finished second in AL Rookie of the Year balloting with his 17-9, 4.07 season.Â Garcia made 2 All-Star and 2 post season appearances for Seattle compiling a 76-50, 3.89 record for them over 6 seasons until he was traded June 27, 2004 to the Chicago White Sox.Â As of the end of 2009 his lifetime record is 121-81, 4.08.Â Guillen made his ML debut for Seattle in ’98 and became their full time SS in 2001.Â He spent 6 years with the club until his trade to the Detroit Tigers January 8, 2004.Â As of the end of 2009 Guillen was still a member of the Tigers and has made 1 post season appearance with them, an AL Pennant in 2006.Â Halama had pitched 32 1/3 ML innings for the Astros in ’98 prior to the trade.Â He spent 4 years with the Mariners as a starter and reliever compiling a 41-31, 4.46 record before leaving via free agency following 2002.Â His last season in MLB was his 9th, 2006.Â He has continued to pitch professionally spending 2009 with the Atlanta Braves AAA club.
This concludes Part 2.Â Part 3 may make an appearance early next week and if it does it will cover 2000-2004 and be the final part of the series.