Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Kevin Appier ANA b. 1967, played 2002-2003, All-Star: 1995. I read, laughing all the way, the guys pining to "make any move to improve the team" (no matter how much such moves actually worsen the club) and this is the first name that came to mind — not for the Angels, but for the Mets. Appier did improve the Angels, but big-name, I've-got-the-hardware Vaughn turned into a total bust for the Mets.
Tommy Brown BRO b. 1927, played 1944-1945, 1947-1951
Tony Lazzeri BRO b. 1903, played 1939, All-Star: 1933, Hall of Fame: 1991 (Veterans), d. 1946-08-06. One of the "Murderer's Row" Yankees of the late '20s, he spent part of his last season in the bigs as a Dodger.
It was basically a salary dump by both teams, the Mets dealing away a strength (I think they had 6 starters at the time) and the Angels dealing away a cancer (since Moo had already expressed his desire to leave and made it abundantly clear by not having surgery until just before the 2001 season when he knew he needed it right after the 2000 season ended).
Of course, no matter what else happened, the Angels won that deal hands down (even though the East Coast Media was already talking about how great Moo was going to be on the Mets), what with winning a World Series that year. As a matter of fact, Stoneman made some just fantastic moves in 2002 (Moo for Appier, signing Sele...great idea at the time, trading for Fullmer) AND in 2004 (picking up Vlad, Guillen...great idea at the time, Escobar and Colon).