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Yankees Trade Partner History: San Francisco Giants

The former city rivals have made some notable swaps over the years.

San Francisco Giants

Once upon a time the Yankees and Giants not only shared a city, but were basically neighbors. Yankee Stadium and the Giants’ New York home of the Polo Grounds were basically visible from each other across the Harlem River. Before Yankee Stadium existed, the Yankees shared the Polo Grounds with the Giants.

Not only that, but the Yankees and Giants have played seven World Series matchups against each other, although the most recent was 1962, which is a while ago now. The two teams have quite an intertwined history. However, what about their history on the trade market? Today, we’ll continue our Trade Partner series, by looking at some of the notable deals the Yankees and their former city rival Giants have made over the years.

Best Trade

July 12, 1968: The San Francisco Giants trade Lindy McDaniel to the Yankees for Bill Monbouquette.

The Yankees and Giants decided to swap a pair of veteran, former All-Star pitchers in July 1968. The Yankees had gotten Monbouquette after the Tigers had released him during the 1967 season, and he had turned in a solid campaign over the rest of that year. However, he then struggled to start 1968. Meanwhile, McDaniel was similarly struggling in San Francisco after he had mostly been a good major league pitcher over his 13-year career. So, the teams decided to give each other their struggling swingmen.

Monbouquette failed to rediscover some form, and pitched just 12 innings for the Giants, and wouldn’t appear in the major leagues again after the ‘68 season. Meanwhile, McDaniel would spend the next six years with the Yankees, putting in some very solid years.

In 544.2 innings across six years in New York, McDaniel put up a 2.89 ERA (118 ERA+) and helped the Yankees start to show some signs of life in the bleak CBS ownership years. His best season came in 1970, where he put up a 2.01 ERA (176 ERA+) in 111.2 innings out of the bullpen, getting some down-ballot MVP votes, and helping the Yankees to their best finish since 1964. Plus, they later traded him for Lou Piniella, who became a beloved figure as the team finally returned to the big time in the late 1970s.

Worst Trade

October 22, 1974: The San Francisco Giants trade Bobby Bonds to the New York Yankees for Bobby Murcer.

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Production-wise, this trade wasn’t remotely bad, as the Yankees got a statistically very good 30/30 season from Bonds in 1975, and then traded him to the Angels in a deal that brought Mickey Rivers back to the Bronx. It’s more what this deal represents and what Yankees lost in sending Murcer away.

Murcer had some good years and some meh years after leaving the Yankees, but he was one of the franchise’s most beloved figures from the late ‘60s and early ‘70s and was one of the bright spots in the aforementioned bleak CBS years. Not only did the Yankees lose a still solid player when they got rid of Murcer, but the trade prevented him from appearing in the 1977 and ‘78 World Series years, when they finally did return to championship form. Murcer would get to appear in the postseason in the Bronx in 1980 and ‘81 after they brought him back, but in terms of Yankees you wish could have a ring, he has to be up there.

Most Overlooked Trade

August 31, 2018: The San Francisco Giants trade Andrew McCutchen and cash to the Yankees for Juan De Paula and Abiatal Avelino.

With the Yankees trying to chase down the Red Sox in an AL East fight, they landed a former MVP at the waiver trade deadline. A five-time All-Star and MVP with the Pirates, McCutchen had gone to San Francisco in a trade prior to the 2018 season. With the Giants not up to much that season, they placed him on waivers and eventually worked out a deal with the Yankees right before that deadline.

McCutchen fit perfectly into the Yankees’ lineup, often leading off, and hit .253/.421/.471, drawing an impressive 22 walks in 25 games. Unfortunately even with him, the Yankees fell short of Boston both in the division and the ALDS. McCutchen then left in free agency after the season, but his brief run with the 2018 Yankees was a fun little one.

Weirdest Trade

January 24, 2014: The San Francisco Giants purchase David Huff from the Yankees.
June 11, 2014: The Yankees purchase David Huff from the San Francisco Giants.

This pair of deals are inconsequential unless you’re a fan of end of the bullpen arms, but it was amusing that the Yankees and Giants just swapped Huff back and forth between each other for a while there.

Other Trades of Note

August 22, 1949: The Yankees purchase Johnny Mize from the New York Giants for $40,000.

Mize is a Hall of Famer, mostly for his career with the Cardinals and Giants before he came to the Yankees in 1949. However, he put together a very nice late career run as a role player with the 1949-53 Yankees, winning five World Series championships in those five seasons.

April 27, 2021: The Yankees trade Mike Tauchman to the San Francisco Giants for a player to be named later and Wandy Peralta. The Giants sent Connor Cannon (June 1, 2021) to the New York Yankees to complete the trade.

Tauchman had a nice run as part of the 2019 Yankees finding MLB production from unexpected places, but he fell off in a big way in 2020. That being said, some people weren’t thrilled that the Yankees jettisoned him for Peralta, who had a 4.72 ERA in 192.2 career innings when he came to the Yankees.

However, Wandy then became a key piece for the Yankees’ bullpen over the next couple years, and most notably balled out in the 2022 ALDS, where he appeared in all five games in the victory over the Guardians.

Outside of one remarkable defensive highlight, Tauchman didn’t do much for an improbably good Giants team that still won 108 games anyway.

Previously in the Trade Partner History series

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