6. St. Louis Cardinals give up two prospects for Chuck Finley.
Cardinals Receive: Chuck Finley
The St. Louis Cardinals drafted Crisp in the seventh round of the 1999 draft, and he made his major league debut for the Cleveland Indians eight days after the trade. Crisp went on to have a solid career, especially in the basestealing department, swiping 309 bags in his career, including leading the American League with 49 in 2011.
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The Cardinals wanted an effective arm in their hunt for a championship in 2002, so they made the trade, sending Crisp and minor leaguer Garcia to the Indians for established reliever Finley.
Finley, for his part, did well with the Cardinals in what would be his last year. He had a 3.80 ERA in 85.1 innings and only gave up 69 hits and 30 walks. Unfortunately, he couldn’t help the Cardinals to a title.
Crisp might have fit into the Cardinals’ plans in the outfield, especially right field, which was a revolving door after the trade of J.D. Drew. Reggie Sanders, Larry Walker and Juan Encarnacion all held the position in the three years following it. Crisp also could have provided the Cardinals with some speed, which would have been beneficial in years like 2007, where the stolen-base leader, David Eckstein, only had 10.
There isn’t much to say about Garcia. He hit .266 with the Cardinals’ Double-A affiliate, then played in the Dodgers’ and Mets’ farm systems. He spent the rest of his career playing in Mexico and Japan, finally calling it quits in 2018 at age 39.
The trade of Crisp made the Cardinals lose a good speed threat, although as the team often does, it filled the position pretty well. Still, it would have been nice to see Crisp tearing up the bases on a mostly station-to-station team.