With the Major League Baseball Hot Stove season almost at its boiling point, many fans across Dodgertown can’t help but recollect the most notable trades in the history of the Los Angeles Dodgers franchise.
Since officially moving to Los Angeles in 1958, many player trades occurred that were instrumental in winning nine National League pennants and five World Series championships. However, along with the deals that were beneficial came the deals that were dreadful, and people wonder what may have transpired if a number of these trades could have been undone.
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The following slides rank the 50 worst trades in the history of the Los Angeles Dodgers organization, as well as offer a bit of commentary for each transaction. Please note that the rankings don’t include any free-agent signings, nor do they contain any deals made prior to the Dodgers moving to Los Angeles. The list is not syndicated in any fashion and it is purely opinionated and subjective.
Although some of the transactions listed may seem more prominent than others, the logic used in the rankings is based on the players ability at that time and into the future, weighted against what the Dodgers actually received in return.
Fasten your seat belts and enjoy the ride through 52 years of Dodgers history.
50. Eric Davis Traded for John DeSilva—9/7/1993
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11 May 1993: Outfielder Eric Davis of the Los Angeles Dodgers looks to throw the ball during a game against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Daniel /Allsport
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From a logistics standpoint, it clearly made sense at the time for general manager Fred Claire to move Eric Davis. At 36-years-old, Davis’ production didn’t warrant his $3-million salary and Los Angeles hoped to get a profitable return while his value was still relatively decent.
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On September 7, 1993, Davis was dealt to the Detroit Tigers for relief pitcher John DeSilva, and as it turned out, the 1993 season would be DeSilva’s last pitching in the majors. Davis went on to play another seven seasons—two of which he hit 25-or-more home runs.
Dealing Davis may have been a productive idea at the time, but clearly the Dodgers should have shopped him much more carefully.
Hoping that Manny Ramirez would rebound from his suspension and contribute on an everyday basis in 2010, general manager Ned Colletti believed that by dealing Juan Pierre, the Dodgers had an excellent opportunity to upgrade their pitching staff.
On December 15, 2009, Pierre was dealt to the Chicago White Sox in exchange for a pair of young pitchers—reliever Jon Link and starter John Ely.
The verdict is still out on Link and Ely. However, the trade never made much sense from a financial viewpoint. Los Angeles picked up all of Pierre’s $7 million salary in 2010, and it is on the hook for another $3.5 million in 2011.
Considering the Dodgers’ offensive production in 2010, Pierre’s 68 stolen bases and 96 runs scored may have made a difference in the overall performance of the squad.