On This Day
Your Toronto Blue Jays traded rookie Jeff Kent and a player to be named later for RHP David Cone. The PTBNL ended up being Ryan Thompson.
At the time of the trade our record was 73 - 55 and we were 2.5 games up on the second place team.
Cone ended up making 7 starts for us down the stretch and finished with a 4 - 3 record. In 53 innings, he struck out 47 and had an ERA of 2.55
I recall he was given the nickname: The Hired Gun. I also recall my buddy Ken Barnstrong losing his shit because Cone was coming from the NL and for some reason Ken figured he was a good hitter because of this. I wasn't so sure.
In his 4 World Series at bats, Cone managed to get 2 singles and an RBI. He also had a walk. Guess Kenny was right about that one.....
When it was all said and done, we won the World Series that year and all was good.
Jeff Kent ended up playing 17 seasons in the big leagues and put up some pretty impressive numbers for a second basemen. He should get some Hall of Fame votes when he becomes eligible.
These are the types of deals that happen near the deadline. A young up and coming type player gets shipped for a veteran that fills a need for a team in a race.