This deal is looked back on as a prototype rebuilding trade. Tony Pena was the best player – an All-Star catcher- on some very bad Pirates teams in the 80′s. In return the Pirates got three good players, two of whom played major parts on the back-to-back-to-back division winners in 1990-1992.
As always, I am open to suggestions and comments. If there’s a trade tree you’d like to see then let me know.