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10 biggest trades in Reds history

Team executives will often say that a good trade is one that worked out for both sides. In their long history, the Reds have made many trades that shook the industry.

Some helped both teams involved, some were overwhelming steals for Cincinnati that helped bring championships and there were a few that did not work out very well at all. Such is life in the baseball world.

Here are 10 of the biggest trades made in Reds history:

  1. Morgan arrives from Houston
    Reds got from Astros:2B Joe Morgan, OF Ed Armbrister, RHP Jack Billingham, OF Cesar Geronimo and INF Denis Menke
    Reds gave up:INF Tommy Helms, 1B/OF Lee May and INF/OF Jimmy Stewart
    Date: Nov. 29, 1971

The Big Red Machine was already up and running for a couple of seasons, but the arrivals of Morgan, Geronimo and Billingham kicked the team into another gear towards greatness. Morgan, who won five Gold Glove Awards in Cincinnati, was the special ingredient and won back-to-back National League Most Valuable Player Awards in 1975-76, as the Reds won the World Series in both seasons. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in ’90.

  1. Future Hall of Famer traded away
    Reds got from Orioles:RHPs Jack Baldschun and Milt Pappas and OF Dick Simpson
    Reds gave up:OF Frank Robinson
    Date: Dec. 9, 1965

Many believe this is the worst trade in Reds history. Robinson already had NL MVP (1961) and NL Rookie of the Year Award (1956) awards and seven All-Star Game appearances under his belt. But he was moved to Baltimore with Pappas being the key to the return. Robinson went on to more greatness and won the 1966 American League MVP honors while winning the Triple Crown and World Series MVP, as well. Pappas only lasted three years in Cincinnati and posted a 30-29 record with a 4.04 ERA in 82 games.

  1. Home run power arrives
    Reds got from Giants:OF George Foster
    Reds gave up:SS Frank Duffy and RHP Vern Geishert
    Date: May 29, 1971

This trade was a steal for Cincinnati, as Foster became an important part of the Big Red Machine in left field with menacing power-hitting ability. He was part of both World Series winners in 1975 and ’76 and won the NL MVP in ’77 while hitting 52 home runs. He is the last Reds player to hit over 50 homers.


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