Three trades consummated over three years and three days in December. The one constant? Adrian Devine, drafted by Atlanta, traded to Texas, dealt back to the Braves then re-acquired by the Rangers. That’s a lot of movement for a guy whose career compares most closely to former Braves farmhand Zach Miner.
- December 9, 1976: Traded by the Atlanta Braves with Ken Henderson, Dave May, Roger Moret, Carl Morton and $250,000 to the Texas Rangers for Jeff Burroughs.
- December 8, 1977: Traded as part of a 4-team trade by the Texas Rangers with Tommy Boggs and Eddie Miller to the Atlanta Braves. The Atlanta Braves sent Willie Montanez to the New York Mets. The Texas Rangers sent a player to be named later and Tom Grieve to the New York Mets. The Texas Rangers sent Bert Blyleven to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pittsburgh Pirates sent Nelson Norman and Al Oliver to the Texas Rangers. The New York Mets sent Jon Matlack to the Texas Rangers. The New York Mets sent John Milner to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Texas Rangers sent Ken Henderson (March 15, 1978) to the New York Mets to complete the trade.
- December 6, 1979: Traded by the Atlanta Braves with Pepe Frias to the Texas Rangers for Doyle Alexander, Larvell Blanks and $50,000.