How Shawon Dunston and Jose Canseco nearly torpedoed the ’91 Braves

Perusing through the AJC archives I came across two major trades that almost were — deals that would’ve dramatically altered the course of the Worst-to-First Braves.

From 12/6/90:

The Cubs and Braves discussed a trade that would have sent pitcher Tom Glavine and infielder Jeff Blauser to the Cubs for (Shawon) Dunston but (agent Eric) Goldschmidt insisted “there is no way Shawon would sign with Atlanta.”

Dunston confirmed as much, saying, “I’d go there and play as hard as I always do. But after the season, I’d be a free agent and go to the West Coast.”

Thank you, Shawon.

Glavine’s name would come up in an even bigger rumor just a few months later.

3/1/91:

The National, a sports daily based in New York, wrote that a well- placed management source said (Jose) Canseco would be traded to the Braves in exchange for National League Rookie of the Year David Justice, a left- handed pitcher (presumably Tom Glavine) and a couple of prospects.

A year earlier the future Hall of Famer was almost dealt to the Red Sox in what would’ve been the worst trade in franchise history. Thankfully, Boston got greedy.

12/5/89:

Despite their vow not to trade their frontline starting pitchers, the Atlanta Braves on Monday proposed a three-player deal that would send pitcher Tom Glavine and outfielder Ron Gant to the Boston Red Sox for left fielder Mike Greenwell.

The proposal, made after an unsuccessful attempt to spark negotiations for Red Sox third baseman Wade Boggs during baseball’s annual winter meetings, is under consideration by Boston general manager Lou Gorman, who has requested that the Braves include left-handed pitcher Kent Mercker in the deal.

A source close to the negotiations said Braves general manager Bobby Cox is pushing 26-year-old rookie Gary Eave instead of Mercker.

Greenwell, whose career ended in 1996, never topped 15 homers or 83 RBI following 1989.

 

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3 comments

  1. Always thought Dunston was a bit of a tool. I remember him whining and crying when we got Maddux.

  2. OK, here’s your mid-spring training report of the Braves: At 4-9, the team hasn’t won even a third of its games and ranks no better than 23rd in most offensive categories. Cubs rookie Kris Bryant has hit as many home runs as the Braves have. But hey, pitching’s the strength of the team, right? Except nex-to-last among MLB teams in ERA and dead fucking last in WHIP would seem to indicate otherwise.

    I know it’s only spring training, but still, looks like it’s going to be a long, long season.

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