Fifty years of wheeling and dealing
From Murray to Manny, Dodgers' trades have made history
LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers' trade for Manny Ramirez can arguably be considered the franchise's biggest acquisition since moving to Los Angeles 50 years ago.Here's a list of the Dodgers' 20 most important trades during their 50 years on the West Coast: April 9, 1964 -- Acquired Lou Johnson (OF) and cash from the Tigers for Larry Sherry (P) -- Johnson took over for Tommy Davis when he injured his ankle, leading the Dodgers to the 1965 World Series title. Dec. 4, 1964 -- Acquired Claude Osteen (P), John Kennedy (SS) and cash from the Senators for Frank Howard (OF), Phil Ortega (P), Pete Richert (P) and Dick Nen (1B) -- Osteen won 147 games over nine seasons with the Dodgers. Nov. 28, 1967 -- Acquired Zoilo Versalles (SS) and Mudcat Grant (P) from the Twins for John Roseboro (C), Ron Perranoski (P) and Bob Miller (P) -- The Dodgers dealt for the 1965 MVP in Versalles. Dec. 2, 1971 -- Acquired Frank Robinson (OF) and Peter Richert (P) from the Orioles for Doyle Alexander (P), Bob O'Brien (P), Sergio Robles (C) and Royle Stillman (1B) -- The Dodgers traded for a two-time MVP and perennial All-Star in Robinson. Dec. 2, 1971 -- Acquired Tommy John (P) and Steve Huntz (IF) from the White Sox for Richie Allen (1B) -- John won 87 games over six seasons with the Dodgers. Nov. 28, 1972 -- Acquired Andy Messersmith (P) and Ken McMullen (3B) from the Angels for Frank Robinson (OF), Bill Singer (P), Mike Strahler (P), Billy Grabarkewitz (IF) and Bobby Valentine (OF) -- The last major trade between the Dodgers and Angels included a player in Messersmith whose court case later help create free agency. April 3, 1974 -- Acquired Pedro Guerrero (IF) from the Indians for Bruce Ellingsen (P) -- Guerrero, then a prospect, went on to earn four All-Star appearances with the Dodgers.
Nov. 17, 1975 -- Acquired Dusty Baker (OF) and Ed Goodson (1B) from the Braves for Jimmy Wynn (OF), Tom Paciorek (OF), Lee Lacy (OF) and Jeffy Royster (IF) -- Baker provided pop during his eight seasons in Los Angeles, driving in 586 runs.June 15, 1976 -- Acquired Reggie Smith (OF) from the Cardinals for Joe Ferguson (C), Bob Detherage (OF) and Fred Tisdale (P) -- Smith placed twice among the top four in MVP voting during his five years in Los Angeles. Jan. 11, 1977 -- Acquired Rick Monday (OF) and Mike Garman (P) from the Cubs for Bill Buckner (1B), Ivan DeJesus (SS) and Jeff Albert (P) -- Monday played the final eight seasons of his career in Los Angeles, including his 19-homer, 57-RBI year in 1978. April 7, 1979 -- Acquired Jerry Reuss (P) from the Pirates for Rick Rhoden (P) -- Reuss hurled a no-hitter in 1980. Dec. 11, 1987 -- Acquired Alfredo Griffin (IF), Jay Howell (P) and Jesse Orosco (P) in a three-team deal with the A's and Mets for Bob Welch (P), Jack Savage (P) and Matt Young (P) -- This deal provided the quality depth for the Dodgers' 1988 championship. Dec. 4, 1988 -- Acquired Eddie Murray from the Orioles for Juan Bell (IF), Brian Holton (P) and Ken Howell (P) -- The future Hall of Famer Murray drove in 279 runs in three seasons in Los Angeles. Nov. 17, 1993 -- Acquired Delino DeShields (2B) from the Expos for Pedro Martinez (P) -- This arguably marks the worst deal in Dodgers history as Martinez went on to make eight All-Star teams and become one of the most dominant pitchers of his era. Aug. 18, 1995 -- Acquired Brett Butler (OF) from the Mets for Scott Hunter (OF) and Dwight Maness (OF) -- The Dodgers reacquired a player who had been a fixture in Los Angeles the four previous seasons, stealing 145 bases during those years. May 15, 1998 -- Acquired Bobby Bonilla (IF), Jim Eisenreich (OF), Charles Johnson (C), Gary Sheffield (OF) and Manuel Bariros (P) from the Marlins for Mike Piazza (C) and Todd Zeile (IF) -- The Dodgers rolled the dice by dealing Piazza, who had made six straight All-Star teams for Los Angeles, in this blockbuster. July 4, 1998 -- Acquired Jeff Shaw (P) from the Reds for Paul Konerko (IF) and Dennis Reyes (P) -- The Dodgers dealt away a prospect in Konerko who ended up becoming a three-time All-Star. Nov. 8, 1999 -- Acquired Shawn Green (OF) and Jorge Nunez (IF) from the Blue Jays for Raul Mondesi (OF) and Pedro Borbon (P) -- Green surpassed the 40-homer and 110-RBI platforms twice with the Dodgers. July 30, 2004 -- Acquired Brad Penny (P), Hee-Seop Choi (IF) and Bill Murphy (P) from the Marlins for Guillermo Mota (P), Paul Lo Duca (C) and Juan Encarnacion (OF) -- Trading Lo Duca was unpopular in the clubhouse at the time, but Penny has become a stud pitcher for the Dodgers. July 31, 2006 -- Acquired Greg Maddux (P) and cash considerations from the Cubs for Cesar Izturis (IF) -- The future Hall of Famer went 6-3 in 12 starts after the Deadline deal, but his impact could best be felt by what the rest of the staff learned from him.
Michael Schwartz is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.