I will preface this by saying that I was not the biggest fan of Dave Littlefield. The comments in the “Notes” column should reflect this. Not that his trades don’t speak for themselves, but I feel additional comments are necessary.
For example, two of his best trades were borderline mistakes. His initial trade to Boston in 2003 sent Mike Gonzalez and Scott Sauerbeck for Brandon Lyon and Anastacio Martinez. At the time that could have been considered a lateral move: two relievers for two relievers. Gonzalez and Martinez were prospects, Lyon and Sauerbeck had experience in the majors. Lyon was hurt, which Boston knew about, but did not reveal to Pittsburgh. To make up for that, the two teams reversed the trade on 7/31/03, with Pittsburgh sending Jeff Suppan to Boston, and Boston keeping Sauerbeck and trading top hitting prospect Freddy Sanchez.
The other trade was the Brian Giles for Jason Bay and Oliver Perez deal. Many reports indicated that DL wanted Xavier Nady over Jason Bay, but settled for Bay (who won the rookie of the year award the next season).
I’m not saying DL was incapable of making a good trade. I liked the Todd Ritchie deal, the deal that brought Nady, and the Adam LaRoche deal. However, his poor decisions certainly outnumber the good moves, and the harm of those poor decisions hurt the Pirates way more than his successful moves helped the team. That being said, here is the rundown of DL’s trade history. Judge for yourself…