Wow, what might have been (or never was)..............

PRO BASEBALL;The Rich Get Richer As Orioles Get Wells
Published: Wednesday, December 27, 1995

The Baltimore Orioles got stronger yesterday -- again. This time they did it at the expense of the Yankees, with whom they have had a monthlong competition for players in preparation for their seasonlong competition for the American League East championship next year.

The Orioles, adding their sixth new player in the past 10 days, acquired David Wells, a veteran left-handed starting pitcher, from the Cincinnati Reds for Curtis Goodwin, a promising young outfielder, and a minor league outfielder, Trovin Valdez.


Jim Bowden, the Reds' general manager, declined to discuss the Yankees' involvement, but an official familiar with the Wells talks said Steinbrenner called Bowden Saturday night and offered pitcher Mariano Rivera and catcher Jorge Posada.

Bowden, looking to cut his payroll, obviously decided he preferred Goodwin, a 23-year-old left-handed hitter, who in 87 games with the Orioles last season batted .263 and had 22 stolen bases in 26 attempts.

Ron Burgundy

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  • AllenAllen Posts: 7,050 ✭✭
    very cool.
  • burke23burke23 Posts: 1,482
    Doh! No wonder Bowden was still a horrible GM with the Nats...and how amusing is it that the O's were the richer back then?
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  • itzagoneritzagoner Posts: 9,086 ✭✭
    well certainly the Yankees would want nothing to do with those washed up has-beens now. image
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  • jeffcbayjeffcbay Posts: 8,638
    Pretty sad for sure.

    The Yanks still had the higher payroll of the two teams back then. ($58M to $43M)
  • nam812nam812 Posts: 9,285 ✭✭

    << <i>Pretty sad for sure.

    The Yanks still had the higher payroll of the two teams back then. ($58M to $43M) >>

    The story is a knock on the Reds, not the Orioles, but it's nice to know that we've given you a 13 year chip on your shoulder since sending you home in the 96 playoffs. image
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  • It definitely makes you wonder how many of the five World Championships won during the Mariano Rivera era might not have happened without him. That's definitely not to discount Posada either, who has been a huge part of the Yankees' success over that period, but Rivera is one of the greatest Yankees of all time.
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