Three-team trades aren't that unusual around baseball, happening a couple of times annually. Every now and then, though, someone makes all the moving pieces fit into place and a four-team deal goes down. That's what happened on this day in 1985.
Here are the specifics of a four-way deal involving the Brewers, Rangers, Royals and Mets:
|Brewers Get||Mets Get||Rangers Get||Royals Get|
|P Danny Darwin (from TEX)||P Frank Wills (from KC)||C Don Slaught (from KC)||C Jim Sundberg (from MIL)|
|P Tim Leary (from NYM)|
|C Bill Nance (from TEX)|
Sundberg was an All Star in his only season in Milwaukee, hitting .261/.332/.399 over 110 games but never again produced at that level. You can make a case that Darwin was the best player in this deal, as he posted a 3.70 ERA over 348 innings as a Brewer in 1985 and '86 before being traded to the Astros. Leary also pitched two seasons as a Brewer before being dealt to the Dodgers.
With help from the B-Ref Play Index, happy birthday today to:
- Brett Lawrie, the 16th overall pick in the 2008 draft. He turns 23.
- 1975-76 Brewer Bill Sharp, who turns 63.
- Baraboo, Wisconsin native Len Koenecke, who would have turned 109. Koenecke played three major league seasons between 1932-35 as a member of the New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers.
Today is also the 27th anniversary of reliever Pete Ladd signing with the Mariners as a free agent, putting a punctuation mark on his Brewer career. We covered that event in this space last year.