The VORG’s All-Time PTBNL Team

The Dickson Baseball Dictionary describes a “Player to be Named Later” (PTBNL) as:

An unnamed player to be delivered at some future date to a team in order to complete a trade.  The assignment must be completed within six months from the date of the agreement . . . The player must not have been on the active list of any major league club between the date of the agreement and the date of the assignment; hence, the player to be named later is almost always a minor leaguer.  Sometimes, the player has already been determined, but cannot be named because of the rule prohibiting a player from being traded within a year of being drafted.  At other times, the two clubs have agreed on a short list of players, and the team receiving the unnamed player has a set length of time to choose one player from that list.

Many times, he’s a throw-away marginal prospect or “org guy”.   But sometimes . . . he can turn into something a bit more.  The VORG presents an All-Star team made up of players who were a PTBNL at least once in their career, with the provision that the specific trade occurred early in that player’s career.  We’ll list the position, player, specific trade and notable post-trade career stats:

C: Gregg Zaun – August 23, 1996: the Baltimore Orioles sent Gregg Zaun to the Florida Marlins to complete an earlier deal made on August 21, 1996. August 21, 1996: The Baltimore Orioles sent a player to be named later to the Florida Marlins for Terry MathewsPost-trade stats: 14 more seasons, 1,142 games, .734 OPS, regarded as one of best “pitch-framing” catchers in the game.

C: Miguel Olivo – December 13, 2000: the Oakland Athletics sent Miguel Olivo to the Chicago White Sox to complete an earlier deal made on December 7, 2000. December 7, 2000: The Oakland Athletics sent a player to be named later to the Chicago White Sox for Chad BradfordPost-trade stats: 1,116 games, .692 OPS, .417 slugging, eight seasons with 10+ homers, 34% caught stealing.

1B: Dmitri Young – November 18, 1997: the Tampa Bay Devil Rays sent Dmitri Young to the Cincinnati Reds to complete an earlier deal made on November 11, 1997. November 11, 1997: The Tampa Bay Devil Rays sent a player to be named later to the Cincinnati Reds for Mike KellyPost-trade stats: 1,238 games, 166 HRs, .292/.352/.485, 117 OPS+.

2B: Mark McLemore - August 17, 1990: the California Angels sent Mark McLemore to the Cleveland Indians to complete an earlier deal made on September 6, 1989. September 6, 1989: The California Angels sent a player to be named later to the Cleveland Indians for Ron TingleyPost-trade stats: 1,560 games, .703 OPS, 227 stolen bases (69% success rate), also appeared in over 400 games in the outfield.

SS: Marco Scutaro – August 30, 2000: the Cleveland Indians sent Marco Scutaro to the Milwaukee Brewers to complete an earlier deal made on July 28, 2000. July 28, 2000: The Cleveland Indians sent a player to be named later, Kane Davis, Paul Rigdon and Richie Sexson to the Milwaukee Brewers for Jason Bere, Bob Wickman and Steve WoodardPost-trade stats: 1,386 games, .278/.341/.389, 2012 NLCS MVP.

MI: Jay Bell – March 25, 1989: the Cleveland Indians sent Jay Bell to the Pittsburgh Pirates to complete an earlier deal made on November 28, 1988. November 28, 1988: The Cleveland Indians sent a player to be named later to the Pittsburgh Pirates for a player to be named later and Denny GonzalezPost-trade stats: 1,947 games, .267/.346/.420, 190 HRs, 103 OPS+, 1993 Silver Slugger and Gold Glove.

3B: (Home Run) Frank Baker – September, 1908: Reading (Tri-State) sent Home Run Baker to the Philadelphia Athletics to complete an earlier deal made on June 25, 1908. June 25, 1908: Reading (Tri-State) sent a player to be named later to the Philadelphia Athletics for Shag ShaughnessyPost-trade stats: 1,575 games, .307/.363/.442, 135 OPS+, AL homerun champ 1911-4, HOF inductee 1955.

3B: Clete Boyer – June 4, 1957: the Kansas City Athletics sent Clete Boyer to the New York Yankees to complete an earlier deal made on February 19, 1957. February 19, 1957: The Kansas City Athletics sent players to be named later, Wayne Belardi, Art Ditmar, Jack McMahan and Bobby Shantz to the New York Yankees for a player to be named later, Rip Coleman, Milt Graff, Billy Hunter, Mickey McDermott, Tom Morgan and Irv NorenPost-trade stats: 1,601 games, 161 homers, .242/.300/.375, 88 OPS+, 1969 Gold Glove.

OF: (Shoeless) Joe Jackson – July 30, 1910: the Philadelphia Athletics sent Shoeless Joe Jackson to the Cleveland Naps to complete an earlier deal made on July 23, 1910. July 23, 1910: The Philadelphia Athletics sent a player to be named later and Morrie Rath to the Cleveland Naps for Bris LordPost-trade stats: 1,322 games, .357/.425/.520, 171 OPS+, 202 stolen bases, four top-ten MVP finishes.

OF: Kevin Bass – September 3, 1982: the Milwaukee Brewers sent Kevin Bass, Frank DiPino and Mike Madden to the Houston Astros to complete an earlier deal made on August 30, 1982. August 30, 1982: The Milwaukee Brewers sent players to be named later and cash to the Houston Astros for Don SuttonPost-trade stats: 1,553 games, .736 OPS, 118 homers, 151 stolen bases, finished in top-10 in many offensive categories in 1986 (7th in MVP vote that year).

OF: Lou Piniella – August 4, 1964: the Washington Senators sent Lou Piniella to the Baltimore Orioles to complete an earlier deal made on March 31, 1964. March 31, 1964: The Washington Senators sent a player to be named later to the Baltimore Orioles for Buster NarumPost-trade stats: 1,747 games, .291/.333/.409, 109 OPS+, 1969 AL Rookie of the Year, four top-ten finishes in AL batting average.

OF: Moises Alou – August 16, 1990: the Pittsburgh Pirates sent Moises Alou to the Montreal Expos to complete an earlier deal made on August 8, 1990. August 8, 1990: The Pittsburgh Pirates sent a player to be named later, Willie Greene and Scott Ruskin to the Montreal Expos for Zane SmithPost-trade stats: 1,940 games, 2,133 hits, 332 homers, .885 OPS, .303/.369/.516 slash line, finished 2nd in NL Rookie of the Year vote (1992), 6-time All Star.

OF: Brett Butler – October 21, 1983: the Atlanta Braves sent Brett Butler and Brook Jacoby to the Cleveland Indians to complete an earlier deal made on August 28, 1983. August 28, 1983: The Atlanta Braves sent players to be named later and $150,000 to the Cleveland Indians for Len BarkerPost-trade stats: 1,933 games, 115 triples, 489 stolen bases, .294/.382/.381, 113 OPS+, 100+ runs scored six times.

DH: David Ortiz – September 13, 1996: the Seattle Mariners sent David Ortiz to the Minnesota Twins to complete an earlier deal made on August 29, 1996. August 29, 1996: The Seattle Mariners sent a player to be named later to the Minnesota Twins for Dave Hollins. Post-trade stats: .287/.381/.549, 139 OPS+, 431 homers, five top-five AL MVP finishes.

SP: Buddy Black – March 2, 1982: the Seattle Mariners sent Buddy Black to the Kansas City Royals to complete an earlier deal made on October 23, 1981. October 23, 1981: The Seattle Mariners sent a player to be named later to the Kansas City Royals for Manny Castillo. Post-trade stats: 121-116, 32 complete games, 12 shutouts, 104 ERA+.

SP: Ted Lilly – March 17, 2000: the Montreal Expos sent Ted Lilly to the New York Yankees to complete an earlier deal made on December 22, 1999. December 22, 1999: The Montreal Expos sent players to be named later and Jake Westbrook to the New York Yankees for Hideki IrabuPost-trade stats: 130-112, 107 ERA+, 2.54 K:BB ratio, six seasons of 30+ starts.

SP: Jason Schmidt – August 30, 1996: the Atlanta Braves sent Jason Schmidt to the Pittsburgh Pirates to complete an earlier deal made on August 28, 1996. August 28, 1996: The Atlanta Braves sent a player to be named later, Corey Pointer (minors) and Ron Wright to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Denny NeaglePost-trade stats: 301 games, 125-90, 3.85 ERA, 2.28 K:BB ratio, finished 2nd and 4th in NL Cy Young voting in 2003 and 2004 respectively.

SP: Tim Belcher – September 3, 1987: the Oakland Athletics sent Tim Belcher to the Los Angeles Dodgers to complete an earlier deal made on August 29, 1987. August 29, 1987: The Oakland Athletics sent a player to be named later to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Rick HoneycuttPost-trade stats: 146-140, 42 complete games, 18 shutouts, 101 ERA+, eight seasons of 30+ starts.

SP: Doug Drabek – August 13, 1984: the Chicago White Sox sent Doug Drabek and Kevin Hickey to the New York Yankees to complete an earlier deal made on July 18, 1984. July 18, 1984: The Chicago White Sox sent players to be named later to the New York Yankees for Roy SmalleyPost-trade stats: 155-134, 53 complete games, 21 shutouts, 101 ERA+, 1990 NL Cy Young, five seasons of 230+ innings pitched.

SP: Red Lucas – April 24, 1925: the Boston Braves sent Red Lucas to Seattle (PCL) to complete an earlier deal made on December 3, 1924. December 3, 1924: The Boston Braves sent a player to be named later, Dutch Stryker and Al Yeargin to Seattle (PCL) for Jimmy WelshPost-trade stats: 156-131, 109 ERA+, 203 complete games, led NL in fewest walks per nine (1933, 1936).

RP: Jeff Russell - July 23, 1985: the Cincinnati Reds sent Jeff Russell to the Texas Rangers to complete an earlier deal made on July 19, 1985. July 19, 1985: The Cincinnati Reds sent a player to be named later and Duane Walker to the Texas Rangers for Buddy BellPost-trade stats: 546 games, 189 saves, 36 games started, 117 ERA+, four 30+ save seasons.  Stats solely as reliever from 1989-1996: 2.96 ERA, 2.04 K:BB ratio, 0.7 homers per nine innings.

RP: Larry Andersen – October 29, 1980: the Pittsburgh Pirates sent Larry Andersen to the Seattle Mariners to complete an earlier deal made on April 1, 1980. April 1, 1980: The Pittsburgh Pirates sent a player to be named later and cash to the Seattle Mariners for Odell JonesPost-trade stats: 40-38, 49 saves, 3.06 ERA, 2.5 K:BB ratio, 0.5 HR per nine innings.

RP: Jose Mesa – September 4, 1987: the Toronto Blue Jays sent Jose Mesa to the Baltimore Orioles to complete an earlier deal made on August 31, 1987. August 31, 1987: The Toronto Blue Jays sent a player to be named later and Oswaldo Peraza to the Baltimore Orioles for Mike FlanaganPost-trade stats: 321 saves, finished second in 1995 AL Cy Young voting.

RP: Jesse Orosco – February 7, 1979: the Minnesota Twins sent Jesse Orosco to the New York Mets to complete an earlier deal made on December 8, 1978. December 8, 1978: The Minnesota Twins sent a player to be named later and Greg Field (minors) to the New York Mets for Jerry KoosmanPost-trade stats: 126 ERA+, 144 saves, Major League record for games as pitcher (1,252), finished third in NL Cy Young voting (1983).

RP: Rick Honeycutt – August 22, 1977: the Pittsburgh Pirates sent Rick Honeycutt to the Seattle Mariners to complete an earlier deal made on July 27, 1977. July 27, 1977: The Pittsburgh Pirates sent a player to be named later to the Seattle Mariners for Dave PaganPost-trade stats: 21 seasons, 47 complete games, 11 shutouts as starting pitcher, 104 ERA+, AL ERA leader in 1983 (as starter), 2.89 ERA and 1.192 WHIP in 276 appearances as reliever from 1989-1993 (ages 35-39).

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3 Responses to The VORG’s All-Time PTBNL Team

  1. Chuck M. says:

    Awesome. I love this blog, and I believe that this stuff is why baseball is the greatest sport. Thank you, and keep it up!

  2. Mark M says:

    Then there are trades with players to be re-named later…

    “Jose Gonzalez was a shortstop who had just received a cup of coffee with the Cardinals in 1984 when he was traded to the Giants along with three others for slugger Jack Clark. When he joined the Giants, he changed his name to Uribe, his mother’s maiden name. He wanted better name recognition. “There are too many Gonzalezes in baseball,” Uribe explained”.

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120229&content_id=26923068&c_id=mlb

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