Thursday, February 10, 2000

Key trades in Reds history




Dec. 15, 1900
• Acquired: RHP Amos Rusie from New York.
• Traded: RHP Christy Mathewson.
• Impact: Mathewson would return to the Reds in 1916, but in between he became one of the greatest pitchers of all time, winning all but one of his 373 games.

May 22, 1913
• Acquired: 3B Heinie Groh, OF Josh Devore, RHP Red Ames and $20,000 from New York.
• Traded: RHP Art Fromme and INF Eddie Grant.
• Impact: Armed with his bottle-shaped bat, Groh hit .298 or better each year between 1917-21.

July 20, 1916
• Acquired: OF Edd Roush, 3B Bill McKechnie, RHP-manager Christy Mathewson from New York.
• Traded: SS-manager Buck Herzog, OF Red Killefer.
• Impact: Roush still ranks second-best hitter in Reds annals (.331) and leads in triples (153). Mathewson hastened team's improvement and McKechnie later won two pennants (1939-40) as manager.

February, 1919
• Acquired: 1B Jake Daubert from Brooklyn.
• Traded: OF Tommy Griffith.
• Impact: Though Daubert was past his prime when he joined the Reds, he helped them win the 1919 pennant and exceeded .300 from 1920-22.

Feb. 22, 1921
• Acquired: LHP Eppa Rixey from Philadelphia.
• Traded: OF Greasy Neale, RHP Jimmy Ring.
• Impact: Rixey won 20 or more games three times. He's the all-time Reds leader in wins (179), starts (356) and innings (2,890).

March 14, 1932
• Acquired: C Ernie Lombardi, OF Babe Herman and 3B Wally Gilbert from Brooklyn.
• Traded: 2B Tony Cuccinello, 3B Joe Stripp, C Clyde Sukeforth.
• Impact: Named to the Hall of Fame in 1986, Lombardi hit over .300 seven times in 10 years with the Reds and led the NL with a .342 average in 1938. Herman hit a robust .326 in 1932, was again traded, then reacquired in '35.

May 7, 1933
• Acquired: RHP Paul Derringer, RHP Allyn Stout and 2B Sparky Adams from St. Louis.
• Traded: SS Leo Durocher, C Butch Henline and RHP Jack Ogden.
• Impact: Derringer teamed with Bucky Walters to give the Reds a formidable 1-2 pitching punch, winning 20 or more games four times. Of his 161 wins, second on the all-time Reds list, 45 came in the pennant years of 1939-40.

June 13, 1938
• Acquired: RHP Bucky Walters from Philadelphia.
• Traded: C Spud Davis, LHP Al Hollingsworth and $50,000.
• Impact: Walters won 49 games in 1939-40, leading NL both years, for pennant-winning Reds. He ranks first on Cincinnati's all-time list in shutouts (32), second in complete games (195) and third in wins (160).

June 15, 1949
• Acquired: OF Harry Walker and INF Peanuts Lowrey.
• Traded: OFs Hank Sauer and Frank Baumholtz.
• Impact: Sauer, who hit 35 homers for the Reds in 1948, finished with 31 in 1949 and had 30 or more in four of the next five years. He was the NL's MVP in 1952.

October 14, 1952
• Acquired: OF Gus Bell from Pittsburgh.
• Traded: C Joe Rossi and OFs Cal Abrams and Gail Henley.
• Impact: Bell became one of Cincinnati's most popular and consistent players while establishing himself as the patriarch of one of baseball's proudest families.

Feb. 16, 1953
• Acquired: INF Rocky Bridges from Brooklyn in four-way trade.
• Traded: 1B Joe Adcock to Milwaukee.
• Impact: While Bridges was nothing more than a utility infielder for the Reds, Adcock developed into one of the NL's most formidable power hitters.

Dec. 5, 1957
• Acquired: RHPs Marty Kutyna and Ted Wieand from St. Louis.
• Traded: OFs Curt Flood and Joe Taylor.
• Impact: Kutyna and Wieand never won a game for the Reds. Flood helped win plenty of them for the Cardinals as one of the best all-around center fielders of his era.

Jan. 30, 1959
• Acquired: RHP Whammy Douglas and OFs Jim Pendleton, Johnny Powers and Frank Thomas from Pittsburgh.
• Traded: C Smoky Burgess, LHP Harvey Haddix and 3B Don Hoak.
• Impact: While Burgess, Haddix and Hoak helped Pittsburgh win the 1960 NL pennant, none of the players Cincinnati obtained amounted to much as Reds.

Dec. 9, 1965
• Acquired: RHPs Milt Pappas and Jack Baldschun and OF Dick Simpson from Baltimore.
• Traded: OF Frank Robinson.
• Impact: Dubbed an “old 30” by then-owner Bill DeWitt, Robinson won the AL Triple Crown in his first year with Baltimore. The O's won the World Series that year and added pennants in 1969 and '71 and another world title in '70.

Nov. 25, 1969
• Acquired: RHPs Pedro Borbon, Jim McGlothlin and Vern Geishert from California.
• Traded: OF Alex Johnson and INF Chico Ruiz.
• Impact: Give the edge to the Reds. Borbon became a top Big Red Machine reliever and McGlothin won 14 games for the 1970 NL champs. Johnson won the 1970 AL batting title but never came close to matching that.

May 29, 1971
• Acquired: OF George Foster from San Francisco.
• Traded: INF Frank Duffy and RHP Vern Geishert.
• Impact: After emerging as a threat with the Big Red Machine, Foster led the NL with 52 homers in 1977 and 40 in '78. He still ranks fifth on the club's all-time list with 244 homers.

Nov. 29, 1971
• Acquired: 2B Joe Morgan, RHP Jack Billingham, INF Denis Menke, OF Cesar Geronimo, OF Ed Armbrister from Houston.
• Traded: 1B Lee May and INFs Tommy Helms and Jimmy Stewart.
• Impact: This deal put finishing touches on Big Red Machine. Morgan became the NL's most dynamic player. Billingham and Geronimo also excelled. Tony Perez's move to first made May expendable.

Dec. 16, 1976
• Acquired: LHP Woodie Fryman and RHP Dale Murray from Montreal.
• Traded: 1B Tony Perez and LHP Will McEnaney.
• Impact: Legendary manager Sparky Anderson and then-GM Bob Howsam have freely admitted that trading Perez was the biggest mistake they ever made. All it d i dwas pull the plug on the Big Red Machine.

June 15, 1977
• Acquired: RHP Tom Seaver from New York.
• Traded: RHP Pat Zachry, INF Doug Flynn, OF Steve Henderson, OF Dan Norman.
• Impact: Seaver couldn't stop Los Angeles and Houston from wresting control of the NL West from the Reds for most of the next few seasons, though he did compile a 75-46 record with Cincinnati through 1982.

Dec. 18, 1981
• Acquired: OF-1B Cesar Cedeno from Houston.
• Traded: 3B Ray Knight.
• Impact: Negligible. No longer a five-tool player, Cedeno became a symbol of the Reds' early-'80s malaise. Knight had two good years with Houston before proceeding to World Series stardom with the Mets.

Dec. 16, 1982
• Acquired: RHP Charlie Puleo, C Lloyd McClendon and OF Jason Felice from New York.
• Traded: RHP Tom Seaver.
• Impact: Relatively little for both teams, though Seaver had two decent years with the White Sox before retiring in 1986 (15-11 in '84, 16-11 in '85).

Dec. 6, 1983
• Acquired: 1B Tony Perez from Philadelphia.
• Traded: Cash.
• Impact: Fans felt good about reacquiring one of their Big Red Machine favorites, and they needed it after watching Cincinnati finish last in '82 and '83.

Aug. 16, 1984
• Acquired: INF Pete Rose from Montreal.
• Traded: INF Tom Lawless.
• Impact: Rose became a player-manager and revitalized the franchise with his unquenchable energy. He set the all-time hit record in a Reds uniform, played his last game in 1986 and you know the rest.

July 19, 1985
• Acquired: 3B Buddy Bell from Texas.
• Traded: OF Duane Walker, RHP Jeff Russell.
• Impact: The Reds had been platooning Nick Esasky and Wayne Krenchicki at third base until native son Bell provided stability.

Nov. 6, 1987
• Acquired: LHP Danny Jackson and INF Angel Salazar from Kansas City.
• Traded: RHP Ted Power, INF Kurt Stillwell.
• Impact: Jackson won 23 games in 1988 and almost wrested the NL Cy Young Award from Orel Hershiser. Before Stillwell departed, the Reds actually considered keeping him and trading Barry Larkin.

Feb. 15, 1988
• Acquired: OF Van Snider from Kansas City.
• Traded: RHP Jeff Montgomery.
• Impact: This compensated for the Jackson trade. Montgomery developed into a first-rate closer with the Royals, amassing 304 saves through last season.

Dec. 6, 1989
• Acquired: LHP Randy Myers, RHP Kip Gross from New York Mets.
• Traded: LHP John Franco, OF Don Brown.
• Impact: Though Franco remains an effective reliever today, Myers' swashbuckling presence gave the Reds' bullpen its “Nasty Boys” persona in the team's 1990 championship season.

Dec. 12, 1989
• Acquired: 1B Hal Morris, RHP Rodney Imes from New York Yankees.
• Traded: RHP Tim Leary, OF Van Snider.
• Impact: Morris quickly became a valuable hitter, as well as one of the team's most popular players.

Nov. 27, 1991
• Acquired: RHPs Tim Belcher and John Wetteland.
• Traded: OF Eric Davis, RHP Kip Gross.
• Impact: Injuries sent Davis into a brief decline. Still, it was stunning for Reds fans to see such a gifted player leave. Belcher was a useful starter for two seasons.
Dec. 11, 1991

• Acquired: OF Dave Martinez, LHP Scott Ruskin, 3B Willie Greene from Montreal.
• Traded: RHPs John Wetteland and Bill Risley.
• Impact: Not such a good deal. Greene, who was either an underachiever or overrated, slouched through most of the '90s. Wetteland has become a borderline Hall of Famer as a closer.

Nov. 3, 1992
• Acquired: OF Roberto Kelly from New York Yankees.
• Traded: OF Paul O'Neill, INF Joe DeBerry.
• Impact: Not even the Yankees could foresee that O'Neill would blossom into one of the game's top hitters.

Nov. 17, 1992
• Acquired: OF Kevin Mitchell from Seattle.
• Traded: LHP Norm Charlton.
• Impact: Mitchell was one of the most dangerous power hitters in the league — when he was in the lineup. He played in only 188 of 276 games from 1993-94.

Nov. 2, 1993
• Acquired: 2B Bret Boone, RHP Erik Hanson.
• Traded: RHP Bobby Ayala, C Dan Wilson.
• Impact: This one helped both clubs. Boone became an excellent complement to SS Barry Larkin while developing into an All-Star and Gold Glove winner. Wilson remains Seattle's No. 1 catcher.

May 29, 1994
• Acquired: CF Deion Sanders from Atlanta.
• Traded: CF Roberto Kelly, LHP Roger Ethridge.
• Impact: It could have been greater if the players' strike hadn't ended the season in August and if Sanders could have avoided the badly sprained ankle he suffered the following May.

July 21, 1995
• Acquired: RHPs Mark Portugal and Dave Burba and CF Darren Lewis from San Francisco.
• Traded: CF Deion Sanders, 1B Dave McCarty, LHP Ricky Pickett and RHPs John Roper and Scott Service.
• Impact: Portugal and Burba helped the Reds cement their division championship. By contrast, the trade was a complete waste for the Giants.

July 31, 1995
• Acquired: LHP David Wells from Detroit.
• Traded: LHP C.J. Nitkowski, RHP Dave Tuttle, player to be named (Mark Lewis).
• Impact: Wells further solidified the Reds' starting rotation, though they had hoped that he would neutralize Atlanta's predominantly left-handed lineup in the postseason. Atlanta swept the Reds anyway.

July 31, 1997
• Acquired: RHPs Danny Graves and Scott Winchester, LHP Jim Crowell and INF Damian Jackson from Cleveland.
• Traded: LHP John Smiley, INF Jeff Branson.
• Impact: Blessed with an excellent sinking fastball, Graves has shown signs of developing into a premier reliever.

March 30, 1998
• Acquired: 1B Sean Casey from Cleveland.
• Traded: RHP Dave Burba.
• Impact: Fans were outraged after Cincinnati traded Burba on the eve of his Opening Day start. Casey has improved their mood since.

July 4, 1998
• Acquired: INF Paul Konerko, LHP Dennys Reyes from Los Angeles.
• Traded: RHP Jeff Shaw.
• Impact: Going nowhere in the standings, the Reds swapped their top reliever for two prospects. While the since-departed Konerko created a logjam at first base, Reyes has just begun to tap his considerable potential.

Nov. 10, 1998
• Acquired: LHP Denny Neagle, OF Michael Tucker, RHP Rob Bell from Atlanta.
• Traded: 2B Bret Boone, LHP Mike Remlinger.
• Impact: Shoulder trouble limited Neagle's effectiveness last year, though he went 6-0 down the stretch. Tucker is a useful fourth outfielder and Bell l o o k spromising. Boone and Remlinger helped Atlanta reach the World Series.

Nov. 11, 1998
• Acquired: CF Mike Cameron from Chicago White Sox.
• Traded: INF Paul Konerko.
• Impact: Sean Casey's development made Konerko expendable, though he has pleased the White Sox. The Reds needed a rangy center fielder with leadoff potential. Cameron has fit that description nicely.

Feb. 2, 1999
• Acquired: LF Greg Vaughn, OF-1B Mark Sweeney from San Diego.
• Traded: OF Reggie Sanders, INF Damian Jackson, RHP Josh Harris.
• Impact: This is the trade that gave the 96-win team its preseason momentum. Vaughn, who hit 50 homers the previous season, added 43 last year and provided commanding leadership.

Oct. 30, 1999
• Acquired: OF Dante Bichette from Colorado.
• Traded: OF Jeffrey Hammonds and RHP Stan Belinda.
• Impact: Greg Vaughn's impending departure through free agency (he signed with Tampa Bay) forced the Reds to seek a cleanup hitter. They got one in Bichette, whose 1,111 hits since 1993 are the most in the majors.

SOURCES: The Cincinnati Game by Lonnie Wheeler and John Baskin; Reds media guide; The Baseball Encyclopedia.

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