On ,December 9 1982 — In what will turn out to be a pair of unwise deals, the Yankees sign free agent OF Steve Kemp to a five-year contract, and trade OF Dave Collins, pitcher Mike Morgan, and minor leaguer Fred McGriff to the Blue Jays for P Dale Murray and minor leaguer Tom Dodd.

Kemp who signed a $6M dollar deal plays in 200 games for the Yankees hitting 19 homeruns and batting .264, he will be traded in the off season and over the life of the deal play in just 324 games hitting 22 homeruns and driving in 114. Numbers he nearly topped in 1979 alone. The Yankees did however nearly salvage the deal by getting Jay Buhner when they traded Kemp to Pittsburgh. Who would then be traded to Seattle and a now-infamous Sinfield skit displayed the dismay it that deal. The late-blooming Buhner will hit over 300 home runs for the Mariners.

Fred McGriff will go on to hit 493 homeruns over his not yet Hall of Fame career (as of 2020), Morgan will win 141 games over 22 seasons. Collins who was signed by the Yankees, in a 3 year $2Mil dollar deal in the 1978 off season, after struggling a bit in his first season in New York, .253 over 111 games, went onto to have a very productive run. hitting .291 for the Blue Jays over 2 seasons and stealing 91 bases. His 1982 season may have been the best during his career.

Murray will go 3-6 with a 4.73 ERA over 3 seasons in New York and Tim Dodd will have just 13 at bats in the Major Leagues all for the Baltimore Orioles in 1986.

 

 


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