Sometimes the best trades…
… are the ones you don’t make. Found this while surfing around the Internet this morning – an epic trade fail from the Dec. 27, 1995 New York Times, when the Orioles traded for David Wells:
Jim Bowden, the Reds’ general manager, declined to discuss the Yankees’ involvement, but an official familiar with the Wells talks said Steinbrenner called Bowden Saturday night and offered pitcher Mariano Rivera and catcher Jorge Posada.
Bowden, looking to cut his payroll, obviously decided he preferred [Tom] Goodwin, a 23-year-old left-handed hitter, who in 87 games with the Orioles last season batted .263 and had 22 stolen bases in 26 attempts.
Whoops on Jim Bowden. That would have changed the course of Yankees history quite a bit, huh? Wonder if Rivera would have eventually moved to the bullpen or spent his life as a starting pitcher?