Among the reasons the Pirates were horrible in the mid-80s, poor trades made in an effort to build the 1979 team isn't one of them.
Previous posts looked at the moves that brought Bert Blyleven, John Milner and Mike Easler to the Steel City. Both of those trades were good ones.
Up next is the deal that brought Tim Foli to the Pirates.
On April 19, 1979 the Pirates sent Frank Taveras to the Mets for Foli and career minor leaguer Greg Field.
Foli was the first pick overall in the 1968 amateur draft by the Mets. He advanced quickly to the Majors, appearing in 5 games in 1979 as a 19 year old. The Mets traded him (along with Ken Singleton and Mike Jorgensen) to Montreal for Rusty Staub in 1972. The Expos and Giants swapped shortstops in 1977 with Chris Speier going to Montreal for Foli. The Mets purchased Foli following 1977 and he spent all of 1978 with them.
Despite being the first overall pick in the draft, Foli never established himself as a star. He was well k...
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