A much... abuzz... was the words on the baseball scene when three days after Christmas when nothing was stirring, the San Diego Padres and the Houston Astros consummated a 12 player deal. That's right, each team traded almost one-third of its baseball players. one of the good things to come out of a trade involving 6 teammates is that they are able to commingle and fit together as a team players.
On December 28, 1994 the San Diego Padres traded outfielders Phil Plantier and Derek Bell, reliever Pedro Martinez, shortstop Craig Shipley, pitcher Doug Brocail and young shortstop Ricky Gutierrez to the Houston Astros for All Star third baseman Ken Caminiti, fleet-footed outfielder Steve Finley, pitcher Brian Willams, shortstop Andujar Cedeno and minor leaguers Roberto Petagine and Sean Fesh
This Pedro Martinez was born on 11/29/1968 in Villa Mella, D.R. was a left-handed reliever and is not related to the well-known starting pitcher Pedro Martinez who was born on 10/25/1971 in Manoguayabo, D. R. and who pitched for the Expos, Red Sox and Mets during the 1990s-2000s.
Reviewing the baseball players
Phil Plantier joined the Red Sox at age 21 in 1990 after playing for Pawtucket AAA, where he batted .253 and lined 33 homers in 124 games. Although he struck out 148 times, he was named the International League’s Rookie of the Year. In 1991 Phil Plantier batted .331 with 7 doubles, 11 homers in just 148 at bats. After hitting .246 with 19 Ds, 7 Hrs in 108 games, he was traded to the Padres in 1993, and had a strong offensive year, 20 Ds, 34 Hrs, 100 RBIs. He was selected the NL Player of the Week in late August with 9 hits in 22 at bats which included five home runs and 18 RBIs. After being traded in this deal to the Astros on May 11, 1995, Phil Plantier hit a first inning, 3-run homer, plus later a single, with 2 walks and 3-RBIs to help lead Houston to a 12-4 win over Pittsburgh, and moved the Astros into first place in the NL Central with a 9-5 record.
Derek Bell was traded to the Padres from the Blue Jays before the start of 1993 season. He started out by batting 310 and lined five homers in his first 17 games. On May 18 he was on a career-best 11-game hitting streak in which he batted .489 and collected five more homers. His average peaked at the end of May at .315. After starting at center field in 116 of the Padres’ first 126 games, he was moved to third base for the first time in his career on August 24. He played 18 games at the hot corner before returning to the outfield.
Derek Bell finished the season with a .262 average, and was second in the club in home runs with 21, in RBIs with 72, and runs scored with 73. He led the Padres with 26 stolen bases, to become only the third player in Padre history with better than 20 home runs and 20 steals in a season, along with Hall of Famer Dave Winfield and Joe Carter. After this trade to Houston on May 11, 1995 Derek Bell lined 3 hits in 6 at bats, including his 4th two-base hit of the year, scored twice and had an RBI and moved his batting average up to a robust .379 thru the team's first 14 games. Derek Bell played his final season in 1997 with the Caqrdinals and Padres.
Ken Caminiti was the Houston Astros anchor at third base 1987-1994, when this dismantling of the infield took place. In 1992 spring training review, Bill Mazeroski's Baseball Magazine wrote this, "In a league stocked with quality third baseman, Ken Caminiti ranks among the best." A switch hitter Ken Caminti put up big numbers for Padres from 1995 thru 1998, 26 Homers, 40 Hrs with 130 RBIs, 26 Hrs and 29 Hrs. He was well-regarded among fans and media during his 15 seasons in the majors, 1987-2001.
Steve Finley was a formable star outfielder. Steve Finley could beat opposing teams with his bat, his speed on the base paths and with his fine defensive play in the outfield. And, as of the start of 2007 Steve Finley is only the sixth MLB player to post over 300 homers and steal over 300 bases – 303 home runs and 320 stolen bases. A well traveled major league veteran, Steve Finley starred at Illinois State University before being drafted in the 14th round by the Baltimore Orioles in 1988. He batted .249 and .256 in two seasons with Baltimore before being traded to the Houston Astros prior to the 1991 season. With Houston in 1992 the speedy Steve Finley hit .292 in 162 games, lined 29 doubles, 13 triples, 5 homers, stole a career best 44 bases and scored 84 runs. Steve Finley made an All Star name playing with the Padres from 1995 thru 1998, scoring 104 runs, then a career high 126, 101 and 92 runs, hitting a career-high 45 doubles in 1996.
Doug Brocail pitched his first two seasons with the Padres as a starting pitcher, 1992-93, then was moved into the bullpen. In 1995 he had a solid year in his first year in Houston, going 6-4 w/l with a 4.19 ERA with 39 strike outs (Ks) in 77.1 innings, spanning 7 starts in 36 games. After the 1996 season Doug Brocail was traded to Detroit.
Craig Shipley, a smooth fielding shortstop, broke into the majors with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1986. PLayed for the Mets in 1989, joined San Diego in 1991 after a year in the minors. In 1992 Craig Shipley appeared in 52 games overall. He did go 6-14 as a pinch hitter, including a game-winning safety against Pittsburgh on May 27. and hit .248 for the year. The next season, 1992, he played as a utility player, including infield postions and centerfield. In 1994 Craig Shipley hit a resounding .333 in 240 at bats then in December was traded to Astros.
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Pedro Martinez was a hard-throwing left-handed relief pitcher and worked for 4 teams in five major league seasons. As a rookie for SAn Diego in 1993, Pedro Martinez fashioned a 3-1 record, with a 2.43 earned run average per 9 innings, had 32 Ks, 13 bases on balls, in 37 innings spanning 32 relief games. After relieving in 48 games for the Padres he was dealt to Houston. From then on Pedro Martinez battled injuries.
Andujar Cedeno was touted as a youngster as "a superstar shortstop in waiting." Andujar Cedeno was quick a-field, a free-swinging batsman and in his first full season, 1991, he batted .243 with 13 doubles, 9 homers, walked just 9 times and struckout 74 times in 251 at bats. During his seven major league seasons, the first five in Houston, 1990-94 he compiled a .236 batting average in 616 games.
Ricky Gutierrez made the majors in 1993 after trying out 6 years during the major leagues stpring training. Still only 22 years old, Ricky Gutierrez captured the Padres’ attention with his hot bat. Assigned to Las Vegas, he played in only five games before heading to San Diego. On April 13, the Miami native made his debut that night as a pinch hitter and was a starter the next day against the Pirates, and led off the bottom of the first with a hit off Randy Tomlin. He then played part-time before taking over as the Padres’ full-time shortstop on June 5. Five days later, he belted his first big league homer off Ramon Martinez of the Dodgers. For the year, Ricky Gutierrez batted .251 and led the club with 76 runs and ranked fourth among NL shortstops with a fielding percentage of .971. He provided solid defense for 5 seasons in Houston after this trade then signed with the Cubs in 2000.
Brian Williams worked his way up thru the minors quickly. He started 1991 in Class A and later on Sept 14 was on the Houston Astros team. He made his major league debut two days later by hurling six scoreless innings against San Diego before giving up a three-run homer in the seventh and taking the loss. In his other start of the season, on September 24, he hit San Francisco’s Matt Williams with a pitch and was ejected. He injured his toe running in the outfield prior to his next appearance and finished 0-1 with a 3.75 ERA in just two starts. In 1992 Brian Williams rang up stats of 7-6 record, 3.92 ERA in 16 starts. After having solid stats during the next two years he was traded in this deal to the Padres.
Roberto Petagine, a first baseman and outfielder. Born in Venezuela. Roberto Petagine had his most productive season in the majors the year after he was traded in this deal to San Diego. In 1995 the left-hander hit .234 with 8 doubles 3 homers 17 RBIs in 89 games. Roberto Petagine played for various major league teams from 1994-98, 2005-06. In 242 games he made just 3 errors on defense.
Sean Fesh was pitching in the minors when this trade was announced. A left-hander, Sean Fesh worked his way up to AAA ball but did not play in the majors. He started in the minors back in 1992 and was still pitch in 2005.