September 28, 2022
Blue Jays: Ross Atkins is set up for a Pat Gillick trade of his own

TORONTO, CANADA – AUGUST 28: Former general manager of the Toronto Blue Jays and member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame Pat Gillick acknowledges the crowd before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before the start of MLB game action against the Minnesota Twins on August 28, 2016 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Pat Gillick changed the course of Blue Jays history with a massive trade in December of 1990, and the current GM has an opportunity to do something similar if he and his team so choose.

For those that aren’t aware of what I’m referring to, Gillick made an incredibly gutsy trade more than three decades ago when he sent two of his best players in Fred McGriff and Tony Fernandez to the San Diego Padres in exchange for Joe Carter and a young player by the name of Roberto Alomar. Carter was an established star, but Alomar barely had his feet wet in the big leagues, and Gillick acquired the pair by giving up a talented young duo of his own.

History tells us that the trade worked out in the Blue Jays’ favour, as they went on to win back-to-back World Series championships in 1992 and 1993, and Carter and Alomar are still considered among the greatest Blue Jays of all time (although less for the latter since his playing days have come to an end and other “issues” have come to light).

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