Originally Posted by HokieRed
Among the bad ones, Perez for Fryman has to rank high.
We also got Dale Murray, who was (at the time) a reliever in the Scott Sullivan mold.
It should have been a good trade, as the paramters were well thought out.
Instead of allowing the BRM to get old and run down, trade its oldest (Rose was actually older but he doesn't count) component for some decent pitching depth, when we had the multi-talented Driessen in the wings chomping to play.
Driessen had decent (if unacceptional) power, but was a high average, slick fielding firstbaseman who could draw walks and steal 30 bases.
But he regressed somewhat in all phases of his game, and the Reds underestimated Perez' influence on the rest of the team.
The trade was the first dismantling of the BGM and, as such, was a horrible trade. But I remember understanding it and liking it at the time.
FWIW, Driessen actually outhit Perez in the first year following the trade, .843 OPS to .816. In the next 3 years, they were pretty similar.
But it's one case where I think you need to look beyond the numbers, as every member of the BRM will tell you.