On March 30, 1978 — The Boston Red Sox acquire pitcher Dennis Eckersley and catcher Fred Kendall from the Cleveland Indians for pitchers Rick Wise and Mike Paxton, catcher Bo Diaz and infielder Ted Cox. Eckersley will win 20 games this year.
Eckersley, will also finish 4th and 7th respectively in the Cy Young race in 78 & 79, but begin a downward spiral and will eventually be traded to the Cubs for Bill Buckner. He will rediscover himself in Chicago and after he is traded to Oakland he will become one of the greatest closers in MLB history.
Wise will not fair so well in 78, going 9-19 for the Tribe, but he responded well in 79, going 15-10. Bo Diaz was a gem in this deal as he had a productive 13 year career, mostly for Philadelphia and Cinicinnati.
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