The San Diego Padres enter their 40th season, in almost exactly the same shape from which they began as an expansion franchise in 1969, looking up from the bottom of the division.
This is an attempt to take an overall look at trades the Friars have engaged in during these 40 seasons, and examine the outcome of these transactions, for all teams and players involved.
Some of baseballs biggest names have come and gone for the Pads, who seem to have a knack for both profiting from trades, and basically shooting themselves in the foot on others.
Khalil Greene is just the latest example of the latter, sent to St. Louis for pitcher Mark Worrell, who is out for the season with Tommy John surgery scheduled, and a player to be named later. Look for Greene to have a big season in St. Louis playing with Albert Pujols and for manager Tony LaRussa
The Padres added a big name in 1973, sending pitcher Mike Caldwell to the San Francisco Giants for Willie McCovey and Bernie Williams, McCovey played three season for the Padres, hitting 52 of his lifetime 521 home runs while playing 81 games a year in cavernous San Diego Stadium. Unfortunately, McCovey's heroics could not help the Padres in the standings, and he was eventually sold to the Oakland Athletics in 1976. Willie is a member of the Hall of Fame.
Mike Caldwell went on to play until 1984, posting a 22-6 record in 1978 with the Milwaukee Brewers while winning the comeback player of the year award. Caldwell helped the Brewers into the World Series in 1982.
Bobby Valentine was also acquired in a 1975 trade for pitcher Gary Ross. Valentine got all of 64 at bats in San Diego. Bobby V played 11 seasons in the majors, and then took over as manager of the Texas Rangers in 1985.
Valentine has managed the Rangers, and the New York Mets, winning a N.L. Pennant in 2000. Bobby Valentine was most recently the manager of the Chiba Lotte Marines in the Japanese Major League.
The Pads sent infielder Bobby Valentine and Paul Siebert to the New York Mets for slugging outfielder Dave "Kong" Kingman in June of 1977, looking to add power to their roster. Kingman lasted 56 games with the Padres, infuriating Padres owner Ray Kroc with his disinterested play.
Kingman was waived by the Padres and claimed by the California Angels. Kong eventually made his way to the Chicago Cubs, where he belted 48 home runs in 1979.
The Spitter specialist came to the Padres in a trade with the Texas Rangers in 1978, for pitcher Mike Tomlin. Perry was virtually unhittable in 1978, compiling a 21-6 record in winning his second Cy Young award. Mike Tomlin suffered arm problems in Texas, never pitching an inning for the Rangers.
Perry played 25 seasons in the majors for 16 teams. San Diego traded him back to the Texas Rangers in 1980 along with third baseman Tucker Ashford, and pitcher Joe Carroll for first baseman Willie Montanez. He finished his career with 314 wins. During Gaylord's time in San Diego, the Padres played the Ballad of Gaylord Perry over the P.A., a song long lost to history.
Mike Hargrove wore Friar gear in 1979, having been traded to the Padres by the Cleveland Indians, along with third baseman Kurt Bevaqua and catcher Bill Fahey for outfielder Oscar Gamble and catcher Dave Roberts.
Hargrove batted just .192 in his 52 game Padre career, and was traded to the Cleveland Indians in june on 1979 for outfielder Paul Dade. Hargrove played six more seasons with the Indians, while Paul Dade was quickly finished.
Mike Hargrove has managed the Cleveland Indians, Seattle Mariners and Baltimore Orioles, and won five division titles as manager of the Indians
In trading away Hargrove during a slump, the Padres may have deprived themselves of a future manager.
Hall of Fame Shortstop Ozzie Smith was traded for All Star SS Garry Templeton, a deal that benefited both teams, as Templeton helped take the Friars to their first National League Championship, while Ozzie was the catalyst for years in St. Louis.
Ozzie was long known for his acrobatics in San Diego, and his time with St. Louis exposed the rest of the baseball world to the Wizard. Ozzie's bare handed grab of a line drive by Atllanta's Glenn Hubbard after a bad hop in 1978 is still the defining moment in Smiths Hall of Fame career
Smith played 15 seasons for the Cardinals, posting a .978 lifetime fielding percentage , as well as a World Series title in 1982.
Tempy provided quiet steady leadership for a young Padre team that eventually ran the table in the National League in 1984. San Diego finished at .500 or better in each of Garry's first four seasons with the Pads.
Templeton played for the Friars from 1982 until 1991, and averaged 145 games a season during that time. Garry batted .332 in 1985, while scoring 63 runs.
Templeton's glove also provided the Padres with steady play, posting an fielding avg of .965 while manning shortstop.
John Kruk was a Padre for three seasons from 1986 to 1988. Kruk hit 300 in two of his first three seasons as a Padre, but was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies along with infielder Randy Ready for outfielder Chris James in 1989.
Kruk played six more seasons with the Phillies and Chicago White Sox, and was an 3-time all star with Philadelphia. Chris James lasted 303 at bats with the Padres and was traded to Cleveland in the Joe Carter deal.
John Kruk can currently be seen on ESPN'S Baseball Tonight.
In 1990, The Padres made a blockbuster deal with the Toronto Blue Jays, sending OF Joe Carter and 2B Roberto Alomar to the Jays in exchange for 1B Fred McGriff and SS Tony Fernandez. McGriff hit 84 home runs in San Diego, and played in the 1992 All Star Game in San Diego, as a Padre. McGriff was eventually traded to the Atlanta Braves for OF Melvin Nieves and Donnie Moore.
In this case the Padres got virtually nothing for a player who would hit 493 lifetime home runs. The Crime Dog played in two World Series with the Braves, winning a title in 1995. Melvin Nieves hit 14 home runs in three seasons in San Diego.
Joe Carter also led a brief Padre career, playing one season (1990) in San Diego. Carter was acquierd in a trade with the Cleveland Indians in 1998 by PAdres GM Trader Jack McKeon for Carlos Baerga, Chris James and Sandy Alomar Jr.
Carter helped fuel a solid Padre season, finishing one game behind the Giants. Joe Carter hit 24 home runs and drove in 115 runs for the Pads. After being traded to the Blue Jays,
Joe Carter helped lead Toronto to a World Series Title in 1992.
Tony Fernandez played for the Padres for 2 seasons, providing solid play at SS while hitting .276 in his time as a Padre. Tony also played as a Padre at the 1992 All Star Game in San Diego.
Fernandez was eventually traded to the New York Mets for pitcher Wally Whitehurst, Outfielder D.J Dozier and Catcher Raul Casanova. Whitehurst helped the Padres into the World Series in 1998.
Neither Dozier or Casanova panned out, while Fernandez played until 2001 with the the New York Mets, Cincinnati Reds, New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians, Milwaukee Brewers before finishing his career as a Toronto Blue Jay once again.
Roberto Alomar played for the Padres from 1988 through 1990. Alomar combined a solid glove with a timely bat. After being traded by the Padres in 1990, Alomar played until 2004, and finished with a lifetime average of .300.
Alomar played for the Toronto Blue Jays, Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians, New York Mets, Chicago White Sox and Arizona Diamond Backs.
Trevor Hoffman came to the Padres in a trade for power hitting ourfielder Gary Sheffield and Pitcher Rich Rodriguez in 1993. Hoffman spent 16 seasons with the Padres, compiling 552 of his all time record 554 saves. The Padres helped themselves for years with a trade, perhaps the best deal in Friar history.
Trevor helped lead the Padres to Division titles in 1996, 1998, 2005 and 2006, along with a National League pennant in 1998. Hoffman amassed 53 saves in 1998, and set about rocking the baseball world with Hell's Bells. Hoffman only missed one season due to injury in 2002, while compiling his record.
Hoffman was allowed to leave San Diego as a free agent in 2009, and signed with the Milwaukee Brewers.
Gary Sheffield was acquired in a deal with the Milwaukee Brewers for pitcher Ricky Bones, shortstop Jose Valentin and outfielder Matt Mieske.
Sheffield hit 33 home runs for the Padres in 1992, before being traded to the Florida Marlins for Trevor Hoffman.
Sheffield now plays for the Detroit Tigers, and has hit 499 home runs at the time of this writing.
Love him or hate him, Ken Caminiti played a huge role in the Padres success during the 90's.
Cami was acquired in a trade with the Houston Astros in 1993, along with shortstop Andujar Cedeno, first baseman Roberto Petagine, outfielder Steve Finley, pitcher Brian Williams and a player to be named later for outfielders Derek Bell and Phil Plantier, shortstops Rickey Gutierez and Craig Shipley, pitchers Doug Brocail and Pedro A. Martinez.
It was the biggest trade in Padre history, and set the tone for the next 5 seasons in San Diego. Cami was an All Star and National League MVP. Sadly, Ken left us in 2004.
Kevin Brown came to the Padres in a trade with the Florida Marlins in 1998, for first baseman Derrek Lee, and pitchers Rafael Medina and Steve Hoff.
Brown was instrumental in leading the Padres to their second National League championship. Brown's performance in the 1998 playoffs was legendary, mowing down both the Houston Astros and the Atlanta Braves on route to the World Series against the New York Yankees.
Brownie was allowed to sign with the Los Angeles Dodgers in the offseason, meaning the Padres got a one year rental out of Brown, while losing what turned out to be an all star in Derrek Lee.
Derrek Lee was traded to the Florida Marlins in 1998, and has since hit 257 career home runs for the Marlins and the Chicago Cubs. Lee won the National League batting title as well as leading the league in home runs with 46. Lee has been slowed by injury the last two seasons.
Once again, the Padres traded a player that would come back to haunt them in the future. Many of the trades the Pads have made since reflect on this deal.
Steve Finley also contributed heavily to the Padres success in the 90's, providing clutch at bats, Gold Glove defense, and a winning attitude that carried the Padres to heights they have not attained since.
Finley hit 82 home runs as a Padre, and drove in 291 runs, including hitting three home runs in a game twice in 1997.
Finley was allowed to leave after the 1998 season, and signed a contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks, who he helped win a World Series title in 2001. The Padres still have not replaced Finley's production in center field
AG is the best first baseman in the National League. Gonzalez has hit 97 home runs already in his career, and has driven in 312 runs.
The Rangers also included pitcher Chris Young and outfielder Terrmel Sledge, and received pitchers Adam Eaton and Akinori Otsuka from San Diego.
So far this trade has worked out well for the Padres, who project AG to start for them for many seasons to come. Eaton and Otsuka have had some success, but clearly, San Diego has prospered greatly from this deal.
Chris Young stands 6 feet 10 inches tall, and has dominated hitters in the National League since arriving from Texas in 2006. Along with Jake Peavy, Young represents the Padres best chance to win ballgames in 2009.
Young got hit in the face with a comebacker from the bat of Albert Pujols in 2008, and missed time recovering.
CY finished out the 2008 season, and looks to have a strong 2009. Once again, the Padres have come out way ahead in this trade- as Adam Eaton lasted one season in Texas, only pitching 65 innings in winning 7 games. Young has won 27 games for San Diego, and should continue to do so- even on a weakend 2009 Padre team.