Originally Posted by PuffyPig
I'd say that Bill Caudill ended up giving quite a bit more value to his teams after the trade than Bonham gave to the Reds.
True, but the Reds clearly won this deal with the Cubs.
Fryman alone wasn't going to get the deal done. Save for 1980, Caudill didn't distinguish himself with the Cubs at all, and the Cubs then dealt him, along with Jay Howell, to the NYY for a young Pat Tabler, who bombed as a Cub.
The Reds only finished 3.5 games back in '80. Had Bonham, who pitched really well in '78 and '79 been healthy in '80, the Reds likely repeat as N.L West champs in '80.