25: Bobby Abreu to the Phillies
The trade: The Phillies received Bobby Abreu.
Tampa Bay received Kevin Stocker.
The former 2-time All-Star, Gold Glover, and Silver Slugger was an expansion draft pick by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays when they first came into the league. It was only hours after he got picked by Tampa Bay that Bobby Abreu got traded to the Phillies for Kevin Stocker.
In just Abreu’s first season with the Phillies, he led the team in batting average (.312) while hitting 17 home runs and 74 RBIs. In addition to his power hitting (he was a home run derby champion), Abreu had great defensive ability, winning the Gold Glove in 2005 – his last season with the Phillies. Abreu played for six different teams, but his time with the Phillies is what will be remembered the most.
Kevin Stocker, on the other hand, was released after two seasons with the Devil Rays. His illustrious career includes 23 home runs and a .254 batting average over seven years. He went from being a Major League Baseball player to a franchise owner of Emerald City Smoothie in Washington. This trade took Tampa Bay ten years to recover from as well as a name change before they could finally make the playoffs.