Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Top Five Worst Red Sox Trades Ever Made
5. Dave 'Hendu' Henderson to the Giants for Randy Kutcher. Yikes! This 1987 trade—one year after Hendu's thrilling HR against the Angels—was a real loser. Henderson later went on to the A's and made it to the World Series three straight years (1988-1990). Kutcher batted .224 in three forgettable seasons with The Carmine Hose;
4. Sparky Lyle to the Yankees for Danny Cater and Mario Guerrero. This 1972 deal brought a 32-year old Cater to Boston. He had three "vanilla" seasons for the Red Sox. The 26-year old Lyle, meantime, had 35 saves in his first year in pinstripes—and eventually collected 141 in the Bronx. Bad trade, no biscuit!;
3. Fred Lynn to the Angels for Jim Dorsey, Joe Rudi and Frank Tanana. Lynn had four solid years in Anaheim and another three-plus in Baltimore. Dorsey, Rudi and Tanana all had short, non-impactful Red Sox careers;
2. Curt Schilling and Brady Anderson to the Orioles for Mike Boddicker. This 1988 deal did bring back a productive Boddicker (39-22 over two-plus seasons), but both Schilling and Anderson eventually became pretty big stars. Then again, we did get that Schilling guy back;
1. Jeff Bagwell for Larry Anderson. This horrendous 1990 deal sent a little-known minor league infielder to Houston for the one-year rental of an OK relief pitcher. Anderson was good (1.23 ERA in 15 games), but Bagwell became a force in Houston. He played 15 years there, hitting .297 with 449 HRs and 1529 RBIs. He was Rookie Of The Year in 1991, the 1994 NL MVP and a four-time All-Star. He may yet make the Hall of Fame. Worst. Sox. Trade. Ever.