Willie Blair and Jorge Fabregas were acquired during the expansion draft to be veteran contributors and leaders on a team of young players.
Blair was slated to be the number two starter and Fabregas, the starting catcher. Blair (4-15, 5.34 ERA in 23 starts) struggled with pitch location and a lack of run support, while Fabregas was a liability at the plate with a .199 average.
In the end, both proved inconsistent and unable to provide leadership on a young team starving for it.
To remedy this, Arizona shipped Blair, Fabregas, and their combined $4 million salary to New York in return for pitching prospect Nelson Figueroa and veteran outfielder Bernard Gilkey.
Gilkey proved to be just what Arizona needed, providing veteran leadership for a young lockeroom as the Diamondbacks noticably improved in the second half of their first season.
Gilkey continued to be a solid contributor over the next couple seasons (.246 AVG, 11 HR, 50 RBI in 161 games), helping the Snakes win the NL West in just their second season. While Gilkey's numbers were never staggering, he helped them make the transition from expansion team to legitimate contender.
Blair and Fabregas were never the same players they were before Arizona, managing just one good season each for Detroit and Kansas City respectively.
Figueroa made just three appearances for Arizona before becoming a part of another major deadline deal...