On this date in 1995, the first-ever major league trade of utility players was made between the Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians. Cincinnati obtained former Tigers first baseman/DH Barbaro Garbey and four others in return for “future considerations.”
Garbey — whom Sparky called “Bobby” because he (apparently) couldn’t pronounce Barbaro — hadn’t appeared in the majors since a stint with the Rangers in 1988 and he never appeared in a game for the Reds.
What a bizarre trade.
In two seasons with Detroit (1984-85), Garbey hit .275 with 11 home runs and 81 RBI. During the ’84 season, he was the epitome of utility player. He played 65 games at first, 20 games at third, 17 as DH, 10 in the outfield and two games at second base.