Happy Reds birthday, David Wells!
May 20, 1963
Two weeks after striking out Mickey Morandini in the 1995 All-Star Game, the Tigers traded David Wells to the Reds. During the off-season, the Reds shipped him to Baltimore for Trovin Valdez and Curtis Goodwin. In December 1995, Murray Chass wrote an article, “The Rich Get Richer As Orioles Get Wells,” for The New York Times, lamenting George Steinbrenner’s inability to convince Reds GM Jim Bowden to take Mariano Rivera and Jorge Posada for Wells.
I’m not making this up. As a Reds fan, it absolutely kills me. Chass wrote, “Jim Bowden, the Reds’ general manager, declined to discuss the Yankees’ involvement, but an official familiar with the Wells talks said Steinbrenner called Bowden Saturday night and offered pitcher Mariano Rivera and catcher Jorge Posada. Bowden, looking to cut his payroll, obviously decided he preferred Goodwin, a 23-year-old left-handed hitter, who in 87 games with the Orioles last season batter .263 and had 22 stolen bases in 26 attempts.”