Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | September 23, 2017
Compiled by Jason Kaminski
The Cleveland Indians trade pitcher Dennis Eckersley and catcher Fred Kendall to the Boston Red Sox for pitchers Rick Wise and Mike Paxton, catcher Bo Diaz and infielder Ted Cox. Eckersley will win 20 games this year.
March 30, 2012
I think you really need to include the subtext for this — which is, as Terry Pluto wrote in The Curse of Rocky Colavito, that the Indians traded Eckersley because they found out that Rick Manning was having an affair with Eckersley’s wife. They knew they needed to get rid of one of the two and they thought Manning was going to be a superstar (it’s certainly hard to see why now, even his numbers before he broke his back were pretty bad).
Manning may also have been untradeable, since he signed a 5 year, 2.5 million contract that offseason because the Indians accidentally made him a free agent by attempting to cut his salary more than was allowed under major league rules (which capped salary cuts at 20%, the Indians tried to cut his salary 25%, instead they ended up increasing it by about 1200%).