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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.