Today In Brewer History: So Long For Now, Jeff Cirillo

On this day in 1999 the Brewers, Rockies and Athletics pulled off a three team trade. Here's a quick breakdown of the deal:

Brewers received: Rockies received: Athletics received:
P Jimmy Haynes (from OAK) 3B Jeff Cirillo (from MIL) P Justin Miller (from COL)
P Jamey Wright (from COL) P Scott Karl (from MIL) Cash (from MIL)
C Henry Blanco (from COL)

The Brewers received two young, hard throwing pitchers in the deal, but neither panned out. The three players the Brewers received in the trade combined to be worth just 3.8 wins above replacement (rWAR) as a Brewer, with Wright accounting for two of them.

Meanwhile, Jeff Cirillo had just turned 30 and had already been a Brewer for six seasons, appearing in 789 games and batting .307/.384/.453 with 186 doubles (39 per 162 games). Cirillo had been a mainstay as a Brewer for a long time, appearing in 150 games or more in four straight seasons and serving as the Brewers' final AL All Star.

Cirillo had two good seasons as a Rockie but his career took a sudden and dramatic downturn when he was traded to Seattle in 2002. He returned to Milwaukee and spent two more seasons as a Brewer in 2005 and 2006 before retiring in 2007.

With help from Brewerfan.net and the B-Ref Play Index, happy birthday today to:

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