Today we’ll wrap up the single step series.
November 16, 2000
Traded Eddie Taubensee to the Cleveland Indians. Received Jim Brower and Robert Purgmire.
On September 8th of 2000 Taubensee had back surgery, the Reds held 500K buyout on his contract and a 1.8 million dollar option, they took the salary option oddly enough and dealt Taubensee to the Indians (the second time he went there) Eddie back never held up and he was out of the game after 118 at bats in 2001. This ended the Taubensee era and began the Larue era. Let’s all note that once again Bowden deals damaged goods, his option move was perplexing and then the trade was sudden, taking both Taubensee and fans by surprise. His backs inability to survive the game probably didn’t surprise the Reds, nor should it have surprised the Indians who had to lean on the light hitting Elmer Diaz for the next two seasons.