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Transactions in Hindsight: Trading for Ben Grieve

What went wrong for 1998 All Star and AL Rookie of the Year Ben Grieve following his trade to Tampa Bay? In January of 2001, the Oakland Athletics, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, and Kansas City Royals agreed to terms on a three team trade that brought 1998 All Star and Rookie of the Year outfielder Ben Grieve to Tampa Bay, sending pitchers Roberto Hernandez to Kansas City and Cory Lidle to Oakland. Coming off a .279 season with 27 home runs at just 24 years old, Chuck Lamar noted at the time, "We couldn't pass the opportunity to add a young bat like Ben's," particularly noting that he was a fan of...

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