On December 8, 1987 The Chicago Cubs trade Lee Smith to the Red Sox for pitchers Al Nipper and Calvin Schiraldi. Smith felt underappreciated in Chicago and had asked for a trade.

“I appreciated (Jim Frey) trading me,” he said. “Frey and Zim are good people. Wanting to be traded had nothing to do with them. It was just time to move on.”

Smith will save 59 games over 2+ years and help Boston win the division in 1988. He will be traded to St. Louis in 1990 for Tom Brunansky he will save 160 games over 4 seasons.


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