Continuing the week’s Trade Deadline theme, I decided to go a slightly different route than Avenging Jack Murphy and Vocal Minority. They looked at completely useless Padres trade deadline acquisitions, but I want to look at what could be the worst trade deadline deal in Padres history. And — no surprise — it has to do with the 1993 “Quality for Quality” Fire Sale.
(That’s right people. It’s been 20 years. Don’t you feel old now?)
This trade happened nearly a month after the Gary Sheffield trade that was widely criticized at the time. But, once we all realized that the Padres actually scored Trevor Hoffman in that deal, most people forgot about the uproar that the 1993 Fire Sale caused. This one was much worse.
The Atlanta Braves got:
After the trade in 1993, McGriff outhit his Padres season home run total, hitting 19 with the Braves vs 18 for the Padres. He played another 11 seasons between Atlanta, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers, finishing his career with 493 home runs.
The San Diego Padres got:
Nieves’ best season with the Padres was 1995. He hit 14 home runs in 98 games & 262 plate appearances. But only hit .205. He managed to somehow last 6 seasons between Atlanta, the Padres, Detroit Tigers and Cincinnati Reds.
*Memphis was a Padres affiliate? I don’t remember that at all.
Elliott pitched in 30 games in 1994, 29 in relief and 1 start. He pitched in 1 game in 1995 before he was released in October of that year. Baseball Reference list 1997 for some reason, but it says “Did Not Play.” I don’t remember if he tried to make a comeback in Spring Training that year or what.
I’m sure Geoff Young knows. That guy knows everything off the top of his head. I had to look up just about everything in this piece.
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