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Friday, August 17, 2012

A Blockbuster

One of the most pivotal transactions in Padres history occurred on December 28th, 1994.  In a blockbuster trade, the Friars sent Derek Bell, Doug Brocail, Ricky Gutierrez, Pedro Martinez, Phil Plantier, and Craig Shipley to the Astros for Ken Caminiti, Andujar Cedeno, Steve Finley, Roberto Petagine, Brian Williams, and a player to be named later (later named Sean Fesh).

A twelve player trade!  With just two teams!  Does that happen anymore?

Well, the trade worked out pretty well for the Padres, adding Caminiti, who would be the NL MVP two years later, and Finley, who would patrol center for them as the team won the NL West in 1996 and 1998.  Derek Bell would later become part of the "Killer B's" with Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio, and Doug Brocail is still with the 'Stros as their pitching coach.

I liked Shipley, it's always nice having an Australian on the team (to my knowledge, he's one of four Aussies who have been Friars), and Plantier seemed to have some interesting cards, at least.  But Finley would become my favorite player, and Caminiti would be key to taking the Pads to the playoffs for the first time since 1984, with more than a little help from steroids.  And I was never a big Derek Bell fan, so I was okay with seeing him go.

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