Onward with analysis of the trades that brought in members of the 1979 Pirates.
On December 7, 1976 the Pirates sent Craig Reynolds and Jimmy Sexton to the Mariners for Grant Jackson
Bob Moose, who had both started and relieved in his career, pitched primarily in relief in 1976. He was killed in a car accident that off season, leaving the Pirates both saddened and in need of relief help. Enter Grant "Buck" Jackson. Additionally, three days after getting Buck, the Pirates traded for Goose Gossage and Terry Forster.
Jackson was signed by the Phillies in the days before the free agent draft was instituted. After a couple of seasons spent mostly in relief, Jackson became a Phillies starter in 1969 and had a pretty good year (14-18 with an ERA+ of 107). He made his lone All-Star game appearance that season while toiling for a club that lost 99 games. Jackson got off to a terrible start in 1970. Headed in to the All-Star break he was 1-7 with a 6.51 ERA. The Phillies...