Originally Posted by PuffyPig
Bonham gave the Reds 3.1 WAR over two and abit seasons.
Caudill gave Chicago 4.1 over 2 seasons (10.7 in his career). Plus brought Pat Tabler in a trade.
Ah, but you failed to mention Caudill's -0.8 1981 season WAR or Fryman's 1978 (He was dealt to Montreal for Jerry White mid-season) -0.5 WAR. And, as I mentioned, Tabler bombed in Chicago, and the Cubs being the Cubs, dealt him before he matured as a player.
Add the factors together, shake well, and there is no
way that the Cubs won this deal. At worst
, much like the Dave Collins for Shane Rawley deal that same off-season, it was a Live Now-Pay Later deal and, obviously nowhere close to the magnitude of Doyle Alexander for John Smoltz or Juan Guzman for B.J Ryan, for that matter.