Originally posted on Padres Public  |  Last updated 7/31/13
Continuing the week’s Trade Deadline theme, I decided to go a slightly different route than Avenging Jack Murphy and Vocal Minority. They looked at completely useless Padres trade deadline acquisitions, but I want to look at what could be the worst trade deadline deal in Padres history. And — no surprise — it has to do with the 1993 “Quality for Quality” Fire Sale. So let’s look at the trade that sent Fred McGriff to the Atlanta Braves for Melvin Nieves (not to be confused with Sacrifice Bunt Melvin), Vince Moore, and Donnie Elliot on July 18, 1993. (That’s right people. It’s been 20 years. Don’t you feel old now?) This trade happened nearly a month after the Gary Sheffield trade that was widely criticized at the time. But, once we all realized that the Padres actually scored Trevor Hoffman in that deal, most people forgot about it the uproar that the 1993 Fire Sale caused. The Atlanta Braves got: After the trade in 1993, McGriff outhit his Padres season home run total, hitting 19 ...
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