This is part 3 of an analysis of the trades Doug Melvin made while he was Rangers GM. This week I will cover 1997. Each trade will be scored a win, loss, or tie. The score is based on how each player contributed to the Rangers at the major league level.
18. 7/25/97 The Kansas City Royals traded Tom Goodwin to the Texas Rangers for Dean Palmer.
Loss – Even though Dean only played one full year with the Royals he had his career high for home runs with 34 and his second best in batting average (for full years) batting .278. Tom had one good year for the Rangers batting .290, but the other two years he hit .237 and .259.
19. 7/29/97 The Anaheim Angels traded a player to be named later and Jim Leyritz to the Texas Rangers for Ken Hill. The Angels sent Rob Sasser (October 31, 1997) to the Rangers to complete the trade.
Loss – the Angels got 2 and a half decent years out of Ken including one 9-6 year. The Rangers got 86 total at-bats out of the two players they received put together.
20. 7/29/97 The San Francisco Giants traded Chad Hartvigson (minors) to the Texas Rangers for Cory Bailey.
Tie – The Giants got about 15 innings out of Bailey while Hartvigson never made it to the majors.
21. 8/12/97 The Florida Marlins traded Rick Helling to the Texas Rangers for Ed Vosberg.
Win – Vosberg only pitched 12 innings for the Marlins, and the Rangers got 4 and a half solid years out of Rick, his record being 64-45, including one 20 win season.
22. 10/31/97 The Anaheim Angels traded Matt Perisho to the Texas Rangers for Mike Bell.
Loss – Mike Bell never made it to the majors with Anaheim, while Matt lost us so many games (with a Rangers ERA well over seven) that it would have been better for him to not be on the team.
23. 11/6/97 The Boston Red Sox traded Mark Brandenburg, Bill Haselman, and Aaron Sele to the Texas Rangers for Damon Buford and Jim Leyritz.
Win – Mark Brandenburg never played for us after the trade and we only got 105 at-bats out of Haselman (during this stint with the Rangers), but out of the two years Aaron Sele played for us, he had a 37-20 record and was an All-Star. Neither Buford or Leyritz did much of anything with Boston.
24. 12/19/97 The Chicago White Sox traded Alan Levine and Larry Thomas to the Texas Rangers for Benji Gil.
Loss – Alan Levine and Larry Thomas pitched 58 innings total for the Rangers, and Benji Gil had three solid years as a back-up for the Angels.
Results of last week’s poll:
What do you think Kea Kometani's role should be?
Closer – 33%
Starter – 29%
Set-up – 29%
Other Reliever – 8%
Come back next week for my August Awards.