The staff was already good, however Pat Gillick made a last-minute deal to make sure it might be even higher.
The longtime Blue Jays normal supervisor traded for pitcher David Cone in closing days of the 1992 common season.
Cone was the ace on a struggling New York Mets staff that was en path to a 90-loss season. He was additionally the main strikeout pitcher in his league. However he’d been placed on waivers, so the Mets might ship him to a different staff.
On August 27 of that 12 months, he grew to become a Blue Jay simply in time to be a part of the staff’s first World Collection run.
The deal to deliver him to Toronto, nevertheless, would price the staff a future MVP from their very own ranks.
Cone seen as ‘a gamer’
After studying he was headed to Toronto, Cone mentioned he was happy to be headed to a staff that may nonetheless be taking part in baseball in October — and in a metropolis he may be keen to stay round in.
“I believe the Blue Jays are an thrilling staff and I am actually enthusiastic about being in a pennant run,” he mentioned.
Supervisor Cito Gaston referred to as Cone “a gamer” who needed to win.
“I believe he is going to slot in actual nicely,” Gaston mentioned, figuring out the employed gun can be becoming a member of a pitcher rotation that already included Jimmy Key, Juan Guzman, Jack Morris and Todd Stottlemyre.
Cone received 4 video games for the Jays within the closing six weeks of the common season. And then he helped the Jays win the American League pennant and the World Collection — the primary of two back-to-back championships for Toronto.
Quick-term rental price Jays a future star
The pitcher didn’t re-sign with the staff within the low season, nevertheless. That meant the 2 gamers despatched to the Mets — Jeff Kent and Ryan Thompson — have been the price of doing enterprise for the Jays throughout their playoff run.
Thompson, an outfielder, would spend 4 seasons with the Mets and play baseball by means of the 2002 season.
Kent, a rookie infielder, was a much bigger long-term loss for the Jays, nevertheless.
“He is received an opportunity to be a very good, good, strong participant,” mentioned Gillick, about Kent’s prospects when heading to the Mets.
Strong, certainly: Kent had an enormous MLB profession after leaving the Jays, profitable 4 Silver Slugger awards, an MVP award in 2000 and being named as an all-star on 5 events.
However as CBC identified in its protection of the Cone deal, Kent’s path to the Toronto infield was blocked by Roberto Alomar and Kelly Gruber, then two mainstays of the Blue Jays lineup.