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July 4th Trades

By bullpenbrian at 07.05.2010 Leave a comment.

Jeff Shaw was a two-time All Star and one of my favorite players growing up.

The right-hander was a brilliant setup man with Cincinnati, positioning Jeff Brantley for 44 saves and the 1996 Rolaids Relief Man Award.

The following season, however, Brantley got injured and Shaw moved into the closer’s role. He closed out 42 games and also won the league’s saves title.

But less than a year later the Reds traded Shaw on July 4, 1998 to the Dodgers. In return, the Reds acquired left-hander Dennys Reyes and a no-name 22-year-old first baseman.

Shaw went on to save 129 games for the Dodgers in three and a half seasons…Reyes spent four seasons in Cincinnati going 9-10.

The young first baseman, who played just 26 games for the Reds, was later dealt to the White Sox for a budding center fielder named Mike Cameron.

Cameron shined with the Reds in 1999 and became the centerpiece in the February 2000 trade that brought Ken Griffey Jr. to Cincy from Seattle.

As for that no-name first baseman…he turned into a four-time All Star who led the White Sox to its first World Series title in 88 years.

His name, Paul Konerko.

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