Think this year's Winter Meetings were crazy? Try '92 when Maddux, Cone and Bonds changed teams
You're probably recovering from this year's Winter Meetings. With teams apparently shuffling their rosters like it was a requirement, baseball fans, players and executives are still probably figuring out what their team's roster looks like.
But while 2014 was nuts, with players like Matt Kemp, Jon Lester, and Yoenis Cespedes all on the move, '92 may have been even wilder. At that year's Meetings, Greg Maddux spurned the Yankees' higher offer to sign with the Braves, Barry Bonds fled the Pirates to join up with San Francisco, and David Cone received the highest annual value for a pitcher when he signed a 3-year, $18 million deal with the Royals.
But that's not all. The Orioles picked up Harold Reynolds on a one-year deal, the Yankees traded three players including J.T. Snow in exchange for Jim Abbott, and the Blue Jays loaded up for a run at repeating as World Series champs by signing Paul Molitor and current Diamondbacks GM Dave Stewart. Oh yeah, and the Red Sox signed Andre Dawson!
While our Twitter feeds looked like a glitch in the Matrix these last few days, it's hard to imagine how 1992 would have shaken out. Because Twitter didn't even exist yet, if you wanted to keep up with the flurry of transactions, your options were either the newspaper, the 6 o'clock news, or, if you were really plugged in, an internet chat room.
Fortunately, we hopped in our DeLorean, fired up Prodigy Online and went back to '92 to bring you this:
Yeah, Twitter's much better.