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Wednesday, January 26, 2022

The Uniquely Confounding Career of Curt Schilling

Schilling made up for his slow start by being a beast on the back end; only five pitchers have ever produced more WAR from ages 30 through 40. His failure to launch before his mid-20s is unusual, but—as evidenced by the table above—not unique. What’s unique is that Schilling was traded three times before his age-25 season started. In general, it bodes poorly for prospects when the teams that know them best decide to deal them. No other player whom three or more teams traded before his age-25 season has ever gone on to have a career in the same stratosphere as Schilling’s. In fact, Schilling nearly tripled the career WAR total of the next-best three-time trade chip. (Note: Nelson Cruz, Claudell Washington, and Jorge De La Rosa came close to qualifying for this list, but their third trades went down during their age-25 seasons.)

Because Schilling was moved multiple times before he began to pile up accolades, he holds another singular distinction. Schilling is the only player involved in more than one of the 15 most lopsided trades in AL/NL history, as measured by the future WAR produced by players on both sides—and he was involved in three. The table below lists those 15 trades, with the ones featuring Schilling ranking first, fourth, and 15th. (Technically, the most lopsided trade of all time was the 1899 transaction that sent 12 players, including three Hall of Famers, from the Louisville Colonels to the Pittsburgh Pirates, but because that was less a traditional trade than a transfer between two teams with the same owner, I’ve excluded it from the list.)

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 26, 2022 at 10:47 PM | 36 comment(s)
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