In the midst of the lockout, the Astros and Padres managed to wheat the baseball appetite of both fan bases with a 12-player deal.
The Astros received OF Derek Bell, SS Ricky Gutierrez, RP Doug Brocail, P Pedro (not THAT one) Martinez, and INF Craig Shipley for 3B Ken Caminiti, SS Andujar Cedeno, CF Steve Finley, LF Phil Plantier, 1B Roberto Petagine, P Brian Williams, and minor league P Sean Fesh.
The trade worked out well for both sides, as Bell hit .284-74-444 while starting for three NL Central title teams in Houston. Gutierrez served as a valuable utility infielder from 1995-99, while Brocail appeared in 59 games from 1995-96 and served as part of the deal that brought Jose Lima and Brad Ausmus to Houston in 1996.
While the Astros benefited, the Padres parlayed their Texas gold into the foundation of 1996 and '98 NL West title teams. Caminiti won the NL MVP in '96, while Finley won two Gold Gloves. The duo was instrumental in San Diego's NL pennant run in 1998, in which they defeated the Astros in the Divisional Series.