Revisiting the Dodgers-Expos Trade Involving Pedro Martinez

Pedro Martinez
Former Montreal Expos right-hander Pedro Martinez | Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images

One of the worst trades in baseball history transpired in the 1993 offseason and it likely still has Los Angeles Dodgers fans upset.

In head-spinning fashion, the Los Angeles Dodgers unloaded now-Hall of Fame hurler Pedro Martinez to the Montreal Expos in exchange for second baseman Delino DeShields.

That was it, folks -- a straight up swap of two players that paled in comparison in terms of their MLB careers. In regards to giving up on young talent, this deal will go down as one of the Dodgers' greatest regrets, especially considering Martinez went 10-5 with a 2.61 ERA as a rookie the season prior.

Dodgers-Expos Pedro Martinez Trade Details

  • Dodgers acquire: Delino DeShields
  • Expos acquire: Pedro Martinez

DeShields spent three unproductive seasons with the Dodgers, hitting .241/.326/.327 with 192 runs scored and 114 stolen bases. The speedster never hit better than .256 with LA.

Martinez, meanwhile, emerged into a star with Montreal. In four seasons, he finished 55-33 with a 3.06 ERA and 843 strikeouts. In 1997, his last year with the club, Martinez won his first Cy Young after logging a 1.90 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, and 11.3 strikeouts per nine innings.

In 1998, the Expos couldn't afford to pay Martinez the money he demanded in free agency and wisely dealt him to Boston in return for Carl Pavano and Tony Armas Jr.

Who Won the Trade?

The Expos didn't make the playoffs during Martinez's stint with the club, but it goes without saying that they fleeced the Dodgers here. Los Angeles did advance as far as the NLDS twice in that span, but that was no thanks to the work of DeShields.

Like we said earlier: this has rightfully gone down as one of the most lopsided trades in baseball history.