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Trade Details

Date: January 27, 1982

Chicago Cubs acquire

  • Shortstop Larry Bowa
  • Second baseman Ryan Sandberg


Philadelphia Phillies acquire

  • Shortstop Ivan de Jesus

2B Ryne Sandberg

"Ryno" made 13 forgettable appearances for the Phillies before the trade, but quickly matured into an all-around star. He was named National League Most Valuable Player for the Cubs shortly after his 25th birthday and racked up awards throughout the 1980's and early 1990's. According to Baseball-Reference, Sandberg ranks second behind only Ron Santo for most Wins Above Replacement (67.8 WAR) in Cubs history.

SS Ivan de Jesus

SS Ivan de Jesus

The Phillies were relying on a big rebound campaign from de Jesus after he slumped to a .194 batting average in 1982. They did capture the NL pennant in 1983, but his bat disappeared again at the worst possible time, as he went just 2-for-16 (.125) in the World Series. Philadelphia traded away de Jesus at the start of the 1985 season.

Trade's Legacy

Had the Phillies been a bit more patient with Sandberg's development, their window of championship contention may have extended deeper into the 1980's. Meanwhile, his individual excellence was never enough to push the Cubs to the promised land. Chicago obviously "won" the trade, but certainly regrets not surrounding Sandberg with a better cast of complementary players.

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