Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Deadline Deals Have Been Mixed; Several Have Paid off Handsomely for Cards, Others Not So Much; MLB Insider; BASEBALL INSIDERS

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Deadline Deals Have Been Mixed; Several Have Paid off Handsomely for Cards, Others Not So Much; MLB Insider; BASEBALL INSIDERS

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As the non-waiver trading deadline gets closer Tuesday, some Cardinals fans surely will dream of general manager John Mozeliak pulling off a robbery such as the June 15, 1964, heist in which Bing Devine plucked young outfielder Lou Brock from the Chicago Cubs for righthander Ernie Broglio, who won only seven more games in three seasons after the trade.

Brock, you may recall, played in three World Series for the Cardinals and had more than 3,000 hits and 900 stolen bases.

Cardinals general manager Walt Jocketty snared slugger Mark McGwire at the new deadline in 1997, July 31, giving up righthanders T.J. Mathews, Eric Ludwick (brother of Ryan Ludwick) and Blake Stein.

Mozeliak helped trade the Cardinals into the World Series late last July when he acquired pitchers Edwin Jackson, Octavio Dotel and Marc Rzepczynski in a deal that sent underachieving outfielder Colby Rasmus to Toronto.

Rasmus and Rzepczynski are the only players still with those respective teams, and Rasmus is having a productive season while Rzepczynski struggled until recently. But the bottom line was that the Cardinals got a World Series title out of it last year.

But, with another World Series champion - the 1982 squad - to be honored next weekend here, one of the under-appreciated deadline deals in Cardinals history must be revisited. A week ahead of the June 15 deadline in 1981, Whitey Herzog sent mediocre outfielder Tony Scott to Houston for an enigmatic righthander named Joaquin Andujar. Scott hit .249 for his career.

"One tough Dominican" Andujar won 15 games for the champion Cardinals in 1982 and then won 20 games in 1984 and 21 in 1985, marking the only time since Hall of Famer Bob Gibson in 1968-69 that a Cardinal had won 20 games two seasons in a row.

On the other side of the ledger, at the deadline in 1983, the Cardinals were forced to send talented first baseman Keith Hernandez, whose name was starting to come up in drug rumors, to the New York Mets for pitchers Neil Allen and Rick Ownbey. …

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