Bullpen Slot #1 – John Tudor
It really was hard to leave John Tudor out of the rotation, but Tudor will be the first to slide into the rotation if need be. Tudor was like Edmonds and Rolen, one of the better trade acquisitions in team history. Tudor started his career with the Red Sox and had just one season with an ERA under 3.50, when he made just 13 starts and finished with an ERA of 3.02. Tudor was then traded to the Pirates in the offseason of 1983 and sported a 12-11 record with 3.27 ERA over 32 starts.
The Pirates then decided to send him and Brian Harper to the Cardinals in exchange for OF George Hendrick. At the time the two teams were not the rivals they are today, so it was not as wild as one would think for these two to hook up for a trade.
Tudor thrived in St. Louis in parts of five seasons, his best coming in 1985 when he went 21-8 with an ERA of 1.93 (FIP 2.71), and an fWAR of 6.4. Tudor was traded yet again for Pedro Guererro of the Los Angeles Dodgers (who never hit over 20 homers for the Cardinals in parts of five seasons). Tudor made it back to the Cardinals for one more year in 1990, where he went 12-4 with an ERA of 2.40 (FIP 3.49), over 22 starts that year.
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