TOT: Milwaukee Braves Go Big to Get O’Connell

Transaction of Today…December 26, 1953: The Milwaukee Braves traded Larry Lassalle (minors), Sid Gordon, Sam Jethroe, Curt Raydon, Max Surkont, Fred Waters and $100,000 to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Danny O’Connell. You almost never see a deal as lopsided as this one. Milwaukee sent six players – and cash – to the Pirates for one player. It was the kind of deal that begs to be a failure and it predictably was. While the O’Connell…

TOT: Beaneaters Add A Premier Player of the 90’s

Transaction of Today…December 21, 1891 – The Boston Beaneaters obtained Hugh Duffy who was previously under league control. WAR was not around in the 1890’s. Well, not the all-CAPS, baseball version of WAR. But we have gone back and calculated WAR as if Fangraphs was around back then. Just imagine Dave Cameron’s great-great-great granddaddy hammering away on his typewriter suggesting that assists were more of a sign of defensive ability than errors. With that in mind,…

TOT – Boston Brings Back Fred Tenney

Transaction of Today…December 19, 1910 – The Boston Doves sign Fred Tenney as a player/manager He once was part of one of the game’s best infields. Now, as he closed on the big 4-0, Fred Tenney was back in the city he had spent most of his career. It would last significantly shorter than his first stint. Frederick Tenney is a fairly unknown name to Braves fans, but from 1897 until 1907, he was one…

TOT – Warren Spahn Leaves the Braves

Transaction of Today…November 23, 1964 – The New York Mets purchase Warren Spahn from the Milwaukee Braves. It was the kind of move that probably shouldn’t happen. A player whose baseball identity is so intertwined with one franchise shouldn’t spend a year playing elsewhere to close out his career. But, in 1965, there was Warren Spahn pitching in Shae Stadium. He was dressed in the home whites of the Mets. That kind of thing should…

TOT: The Time the Braves Re-Acquired Vizcaino

Transaction of Today…November 16, 2014 – The Atlanta Braves trade 2B Tommy La Stella to the Chicago Cubs for Arodys Vizcaino and international bonus slots. Trades that happen so early in the offseason often are forgotten by spring training. You must forgive Atlanta Braves fans if, in the spring of 2015, they had this reaction as Arodys Vizcaino took the mound in spring training: “Thought we traded him?” We – as if we are part…

TOT – Braves Finalize Deal for Neagle

Transaction of Today…August 30, 1996 – To complete an earlier trade on August 28, 1996, Jason Schmidt is named the player to be named later, joining Ron Wright and Corey Painter in going to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Denny Neagle. The Braves went for it all in an effort to repeat as champions. It didn’t really work out as planned, but fortunately for them, it went even worse for the team they traded with. A…

TOT – The OTHER Teixeira Deal

Chris J. Nelson (CC SA 3.0), via Wikipedia Commons Transaction of Today…July 29, 2008 – The Atlanta Braves traded Mark Teixeira to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for Stephen Marek (minors) and Casey Kotchman. It was the moment that the Braves resigned themselves to admit that their swing-for-the-fence effort the previous July failed. On this day nine years ago, the Braves sent the dynamic first baseman, Mark Teixeira, to the Angels for a pitifully…