Kevin Towers’ Trades of 1999

In the Ducksnorts 2007 Baseball Annual, we examined Kevin Towers’ best and worst trades. As it happens, two of his five best and two more “honorable mentions” were made in 1999. Here’s a quick review of Towers’ trades from that year:

February 2, 1999
Traded Mark Sweeney and Greg Vaughn to the Cincinnati Reds for Damian Jackson, Reggie Sanders, and Josh Harris

Player Win Shares
1999 2000 2001 Total
Sweeney 2 - - 2
Vaughn 24 - - 24
Cin total 26
Jackson 11 15 11 37
Sanders 19 - - 19
SD total 56
Difference +30

Jackson was infuriating to watch at times, but he also provided more value than you might remember. Sanders, for all of his flaws, has been a productive player for the better part of the past 15 years. He also was part of the package that brought Ryan Klesko to San Diego.

March 29, 1999
Traded Andy Sheets and Gus Kennedy to the Anaheim Angels for Phil Nevin and Keith Volkman

Player Win Shares
1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 Total
Sheets 1 - - - - - - 1
Nevin 19 22 31 12 9 21 8 122
Difference +121

Pure genius. The best deal not involving Kevin Brown (or possibly Adrian Gonzalez and Chris Young — too soon to call just yet) that Towers has made.

July 8, 1999
Traded Juan Melo to the Toronto Blue Jays for Isabel Giron

The most interesting aspect of this trade is that “Isabel” turned out to be the younger sister of the pitcher acquired. Neither player made any impact at the big-league level.

July 26, 1999
Traded Greg Myers to the Atlanta Braves for Received Doug Dent

Player Win Shares
1999 Total
Myers 3 3
Dent - 0
Difference -3

I wonder if Dent wore #42?

July 31, 1999
Traded Jim Leyritz to the New York Yankees for Geraldo Padua

Player Win Shares
1999 Total
Leyritz 1 1
Padua - 0
Difference -1

Leyritz may not have been the most charming individual, but he certainly provided some great moments in ’98. I’ll never forget the home run he hit off Billy Wagner — one of my favorite Padres moments ever.

November 10, 1999
Traded Andy Ashby to the Philadelphia Phillies for Adam Eaton, Carlton Loewer, and Steve Montgomery

Player Win Shares
2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 Total
Ashby 2 - - - - - 2
Phi total 2
Eaton 9 5 - 7 6 5 32
Loewer - - - - - 0
Montgomery - - - - - 0
SD total 32
Difference +30

Very good trade that had the potential to be great. Ashby did nothing in Philly, while Eaton perpetually teased with his talents before being shipped to Texas in what I expect to become Towers’ best deal when all is said and done.

November 15, 1999

Traded Dan Miceli to the Florida Marlins for Brian Meadows

Player Win Shares
2000 Total
Miceli 5 0
Meadows 2 0
Difference -3

Mark Smith and Hal Garret begat Trey Beamon and Angelo Encarnacion; Beamon and Tim Worrell begat Miceli, Donne Wall, and Ryan Balfe; Miceli begat Meadows; Meadows begat Jay Witasick; Witasick begat D’Angelo Jimenez; Jimenez begat Humberto Quintero and Alex Fernandez; Quintero begat Tim Redding; Redding and Darrell May begat Paul Quantrill; Quantrill retired, thus breaking the cycle of mediocrity.

December 22, 1999
Traded Brandon Pernell to the Chicago Cubs for Dan Serafini

Whoopie!

December 22, 1999
Traded Wally Joyner, Reggie Sanders, and Quilvio Veras to the Atlanta Braves for Bret Boone, Ryan Klesko, and Jason Shiell

Player Win Shares
2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 Total
Joyner 7 - - - - - 7
Sanders 6 - - - - 6
Veras 13 6 - - - 19
Atl total 32

Boone 15 - - - - - 15
Klesko 23 29 30 13 19 17 1 132
Shiell - - - - - - 0
SD total 147
Difference +115

Just think of how great this deal could have been if the Padres hadn’t blown giant wads of cash on the useless Randy Myers and were able to re-sign Boone (who became an MVP caliber player in Seattle) after the 2000 season. Now stop thinking about that, because this was still an absolute steal.

The Padres may have been pretty lousy from 1999 to 2003, but in one respect, ’99 has to be considered a success (two respects, actually; Jake Peavy was drafted in the 15th round that year). Two franchise players (Klesko and Nevin) were brought onboard, and another (Eaton) eventually was flipped for two more.

A guy could do worse…