A straight-up trade of Brian Giles to the Padres for Jason Bay alone would have been a great deal for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2003.
Giles is a descending former star. Bay is a rising star.
But don’t forget, the Pirates also received pitcher Oliver Perez in the trade.
So, who got the best of the trade overall? Try the New York Mets.
Perez is now pitching like an All-Star for the Mets. He is 6-3 with a 2.69 ERA, and appears a pretty good bet to join Padres ace Jake Peavy on the 2007 National League All-Star team.
Last season, Perez was traded by the Pirates along with pitcher Roberto Hernandez to the Mets for Xavier Nady, another former Padre. Yes, that’s the same Nady who helped the Pirates beat the Padres, 4-1, Tuesday night.
Perez and Peavy broke in with the Padres during the same 2002 weekend series against the New York Yankees at Qualcomm Stadium.
It’s scary to think what it would be like still have those two in the same rotation!