Thursday Trade Tree: Jay Bell/Jeff King

Two early ’90s stars for the Pirates, both sent to Kansas City as the team tried to shed some salaries and rebuild. (Click to embiggen.)

One trade with four Jeffs, a Joe and a Jay. Easily the high “J” ratio of any Pirates trade, unless they someday spin Jason Jaramillo, Garrett Jones and James McDonald to the Marlins for Josh Johnson and John Buck.

Seriously though, very little return on this one. One year of Randa and some mediocre relief innings.


Jeff King hated baseball?

The latest from the always great Joe Posnanski, this time guest posting over at Pitchers & Poets:

Best I could tell, Jeff King did not like playing baseball. I can never remember seeing a player who seemed so miserable on a baseball diamond.

Please click through and read the article. I would not say that Jeff didn’t try hard or didn’t give his all while he was on the field. I will say that he never quite filled the expectations I had for him and this seems to me to be at least a partial explanation of why.

Look for more on Jeff King in tomorrow’s Trade Tree Thursday!