Philadelphia Phillies: Curt Schilling and the 10 Worst Trades in Team History

Adrian FedkiwAnalyst IIIApril 18, 2011

Philadelphia Phillies: Curt Schilling and the 10 Worst Trades in Team History

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    Pat Gillick orchestrated the 2008 Phillies to perfection. His key trades for guys like Joe Blanton, Jamie Moyer, Brad Lidge and Scott Eyre lead to the fulfillment of the ultimate goal.

    Since then, his successor Ruben Amaro has made some solid trades to put the Phillies where they are today.

    But things haven't always been in the Phillies favor. Here is a list of the worst trades in team history.

Honorable Mention: Curt Flood Refusal and Bobby Abreu

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    Curt Flood viewed Philadelphia as racist, and refused to play for them after being traded over from the Cardinals in 1969. The premier center fielder of the era became the poster child for the economic development of the game and filed suit against baseball's reserve clause.

    Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in 1947, but the Phillies didn't sign a black player until 1957. 

    The Phillies parted ways with Dick Allen in the multi-player deal. Flood played just one more season with the Washington Senators in 1971.

    The Bobby Abreu trade was bad in terms of the talent the Phillies received, but the deal did get rid of his contract.

    In return for Abreu, the Phillies got INF C.J. Henry, C Jesus Sanchez and pitchers Matt Smith and Carlos Monasterios.

    Bill Conlin called it "The Great Gillick Giveaway."

10. Phillies Trade Cliff Lee to the Mariners

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    2010: The Phillies trade pitcher Cliff Lee to the Mariners for pitchers Philippe Aumont. J.C. Ramirez and OF Tyson Gillies

    It was either Roy Halladay or Cliff Lee; the Phillies couldn't have both. The Phillies chose Halladay. 

    General Manager Ruben Amaro claimed that the organization needed to replenish the farm system, and there were payroll limitations.

    We still don't know what the Phillies will get out of Philippe Aumont, J.C. Ramirez and Tyson Gillies, but with the acquisition of Roy Oswalt last summer, Philadelphia showed that they didn't need to trade Lee.

    Looking at it now, it's one of the best and worst trades in the history of the franchise. If Lee was never traded, Oswalt most likely wouldn't be in Philadelphia right now.

9. Phillies Trade for Freddy Garcia

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    2007: Phillies trade pitchers Gavin Floyd and Gio Gonzalez to White Sox for pitcher Freddy Garcia

    The Phillies finally got an ace; at least that's what the organization and fans thought.

    Prior to the trade, Garcia was an ace. With the Mariners and White Sox, Garcia consistently topped the 200 inning plateau and won a ton of ball games. 2001 was his finest season. He led the AL in innings pitched (238) and ERA (3.05). He went 18-6.

    With the Phillies, Garcia hid a shoulder injury, and the numbers showed. In 11 starts, Garcia went 1-5 with a 5.90 ERA and a 1.60 WHIP.

    Garcia was finally put on the DL in June. He never started for Philadelphia again.

    Gavin Floyd never panned out in Philadelphia, but has become a reliable starter in Chicago.

    Gio Gonzalez was traded to Oakland, and he's one of the better young pitchers in baseball.

8. Phillies Trade Scott Rolen

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    2002: Phillies trade 3B Scott Rolen and pitcher Doug Nickle for INF Placido Polanco and pitchers Bud Smith and Mike Timlin

    Scott Rolen rejected a 10-year $140 million deal to stay with the Phillies.

    Rolen demanded a trade because he felt that the Phillies weren't doing enough to win. He got his wish and became the piece that finally got the Cardinals over the hump and into the 2004 World Series. St. Louis won the World Series in 2006.

    Bud Smith was the key to the deal, but never made it the the majors with the Phillies. He became the 18th rookie to throw a no-hitter, doing so with the Cardinals in 2001. 

7. Phillies Trade Jack Sanford

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    1958: Phillies trade pitcher Jack Sanford to the Giants for C Valmy Thomas and pitcher Ruben Gomez

    Philadelphia thought that Jack Sanford had already peaked.

    Jack Sanford won the 1957 Rookie of the Year Award, with a 19-8 mark to go along with a 3.08 ERA.  He struggled in his sophomore season, which saw his ERA rise to 4.44. 

    It turned out that Sanford peaked in 1962, when he went 24-7 to go along with a 3.43 ERA with the Giants.

    Valmy Thomas and Ruben Gomez were nothing spectacular. Gomez had an ERA above five in each of his two seasons in Philadelphia while Thomas hit just .200 in 1959. 

6. Phillies Trade Willie Hernandez

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    1983: Phillies trade Willie Hernandez and 1B Dave Bergman to Tigers for C John Wockenfuss and OF Glenn Wilson

    Willie Hernandez became one of four relief pitchers ever to win the MVP Award, as he starred for the 1984 World Series winning Detroit Tigers squad. He also won the Cy Young Award.

    In 140 innings pitched, Hernandez converted 32-of-33 saves while posting a 1.92 ERA.

    Hernandez never had numbers like these again, but was still a solid reliever for Detroit.


5. Five for Von Hayes

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    1982: Phillies trade 2B Manny Trillo, SS Julio Franco, OF George Vuchovic, C Jerry Willard and pitcher Jay Baller to Indians for OF Von Hayes

    Phillies owner Bill Giles envisioned Von Hayes winning batting titles in Philly. That didn't happen.

    Hayes was a solid player, but wasn't worth five players.

    What Hayes did provide the Phillies was youth. The 1983 World Series Phillies team had just two starters under 30, including Hayes. 

    The core was old; first baseman Pete Rose was 42, second baseman Joe Morgan was 39 and pitcher Steve Carlton was 38.

4. The Phillies Trade Curt Schilling

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    2000: The Phillies trade Curt Schilling to Diamondbacks for 1B Travis Lee and pitchers Omar Daal, Vicente Padilla and Nelson Figueroa

    Chin high fastballs and shoe-top splitters.

    Curt Schilling had a great career in Philadelphia, but he wanted to pitch for a contender. His performance in the 1993 postseason was a pre-cursor of what was to come for one of the greatest playoff pitchers in MLB history. In 19 career postseason starts, Schilling went 11-2 with a 2.23 ERA.

    Vicente Padilla was the only good thing that came out of the deal. 

    Omar Daal was a 16-game winner in 1999, but struggled in Philadelphia before being traded to the Dodgers in 2001. Travis Lee was a solid defensive first baseman, but was traded to Tampa Bay in 2002. Nelson Figueroa was put on waivers in 2002. 

3. The Phillies Trade Grover Cleveland Alexander

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    1917: The Phillies trade pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander and C Bill Kiefer to the Cubs for pitcher Mike Prendergrast, C Pickles Dillhoefer and $60,000

    Owner William Baker needed money. He also feared that he would lost Alexander to the draft for World War I; at least that was his excuse.

    In seven years with the Phillies, Alexander won 190 games. He led baseball in wins and strikeouts from 1915-1917.

    He had one of the greatest individual seasons for a pitcher in 1915. He went 31-10 with a microscopic 1.22 ERA. 

    He threw an MLB record 16 shutouts in 1916.

    After the trade, Alexander went on to win 183 more games and finished with 373 total wins; good enough for a tie for third all-time. 

2. Phillies Trade Ferguson Jenkins to the Cubs

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    1966: Phillies trade pitcher Fergusen Jenkins, 1B John Herrnstein and CF Adolfo Phillips to Cubs for pitchers Larry Jackson and Bob Buhl

    In 1964, the Phillies bullpen was the main culprit in a historic collapse, which saw Philadelphia lose a 6.5 game lead the last 12 games of the season.

    The Phillies wanted to add depth to their pitching staff behind Jim Bunning and Chris Short.

    Larry Jackson and Bob Buhl were veteran pitchers in the final years of their careers, with Jackson being a former 20-game winner. Jackson was solid in three years winning 15 games in 1966, while Buhl lasted just two years before retiring after the 1967 season.

    The Cubs converted Fergie Jenkins into a starter and he became a Hall of Famer.

    He's one of four pitchers in MLB history to strike out more than 3,000 batters while walking less than 1,000 over his career.

    In his 19-year career, Jenkins won 284 games and posted a 3.34 career ERA. 

1. Phillies Trade Ryne Sandberg

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    1982: Phillies trade SS Larry Bowa and 2B Ryne Sandberg to the Chicago Cubs for SS Ivan DeJesus

    Ryne Sandberg was a throw-in!!!

    The Phillies wanted to replace the 36-year old Larry Bowa at shortstop. Bowa and new Phillies president Bill Giles were in a heated contract negotiation. Essentially, Bowa wanted a three-year extension, but Giles didn't want to give an extension to an aging shortstop.

    In Chicago, former Phillies skipper Dallas Greene took over the managerial position. He had interest, but needed Sandberg to make the trade happen. The Phillies were happy with that.

    Sandberg was a 20th round pick in 1978, and wasn't highly regarded by scouts in the Phillies system.

    The other dilemma was the organization didn't believe that Sandberg could play short. The Phillies already had Mike Schmidt at third base, and slick fielding Manny Trillo at second base.

    Sandberg went on to win the 1984 NL MVP, made 10 All-Star teams, won nine Gold Gloves and seven Silver Slugger Awards.

    In three years with the Phillies, DeJesus was less than mediocre. .257 was his single-season high batting average in a Phillies uniform.