25 Years Later – I Think We Can Safely Say The Royals Won The Jeff Montgomery Deal
On this date in 1988 the Kansas City Royals traded ¬†23-year-old minor league outfielder Van Snider to the¬†Cincinnati¬†Reds for 26-year-old Jeff Montgomery, who had just completed his rookie season in the Reds bullpen. Montgomery had just posted a 2-2 record in 19.1 innings, finishing with a 6.52 ERA.
Fast forward to the present, and Snider would achieve just 35 career at-bats in the big leagues while all Montgomery would do was pick up 304 career saves, while playing in three All-Star games during 12 season in Kansas City. It may be the most lopsided trade in favor of Kansas City, in club history.
In the 1993 season, Monty would lead the league with 45 saves while finishing the season 13th in voting for the MVP. The 304 saves are enough to rank Montgomery 20th on the career list all-time.
Montgomery has stuck around in Kansas City in his post playing days, contributing to local radio and tv in many different ways. Since 2010 he has been part of the Fox Sports Kansas City team and currently serves as an analyst on Royals Live.
Snider floated around in the minor leagues until 1995 and now is a police officer in suburban Cleveland.
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