Sunday, February 1, 2009

Winter 1993

1993 is in the books. The young Expos finished with a solid 94-68, 3 games back of the Philadelphia Phillies.

On the mound, Dennis Martinez led the charge with 15 wins, rookie Kirk Reuter won his 8 decisions, Jeff Fassero, in his 1st year as a starter, posted a solid 12-5, and Ken Hill and Chris Nabholz got 9 wins each. In relief, John Wetteland posted a remarkable 1.37 ERA with his 43 saves, with Mel Rojas adding 10 more saves.

At the plate, the young outfielders Moises Alou, Marquis Grissom, and Larry Walker, all 26 years old, all had between 18 and 22 Homeruns, with Alou and Grissom hitting above .285. All three players are also very solid defensively and form arguably the best young trio of outfileders in the league. Colbrunn, Deshields, Cordero, and Berry, the older of the starters at 27 years of age, completed the infield. Darrin Fletcher, 26, was the team's primary option behind the plate.


To begin the offseason, Dennis Martinez and Randy Ready were granted Free Agency. Martinez signed a contract with the Indians while Ready went to the division rivals Phillies. On November 19th, to fill the void left by the departure of Dennis Martinez and to make room for the young and talented Mike Lansing, the Expos traded Delino DeShields to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for Pedro Martinez. Martinez is a young starting pitcher with only 2 starts in his career and control problems. Expos fan did not receive the trade well as DeShields was a fan favorite and they feel the Expos paid a lot for a prospect starting pitcher best known as Ramon's brother. Other minor departures were Nabholz to the Indians, Matt Stairs to the Red Sox and John Vander Wal to the Rockies. The Expos also received Lenny Webster from the Minnesota Twins.

DeShields was a fan favorite in Montreal:

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