The Kings of trade: How it all began

Followers of the CDRL know that the king of trading is none other than Kerry Sewell, owner of the Memphis Kings, who won the league in 2008, 2009, 2010 AND 2011.

We’ve always joked that Kerry actually has three teams: one team on its way in from a trade, one team on the field and one team on its way out via trade. For proof, we only need to look at 2012, when the Kings used 94 players, 30 more than the next highest total.

But has it always been so? Did Kerry enter the league in 2006 with a sign that said, “Under new ownership, no reasonable trade refused”?

To answer, we dug into the CDRL transaction archive.

It turns out that the Kings were a bit slow — relatively speaking — coming to the trade mart. In fact, six trades had been made before that fateful day, May 26, 2006. And then the Kings pulled the trigger for the first time. They sent Todd Coffey, Jeremy Hermida and Merkin Valdez to The Flash, receiving Todd Helton (right) and Trevor Hoffman in the deal.

That first taste inspired another deal early in June, when he traded Logan Kensing, Felix Pie, Anibal Sanchez and Taylor Tankersley to JRock for Craig Biggio, Jose Guillen and Pedro Martinez.

Then came the full blossoming. In a 23-hour period in the middle of June, the Kings swung three trades, receiving players like Carlos Beltran, Jake Peavy, Derrek Lee and Edgar Renteria, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Gary Robinson posted at 2013-4-28 Category: Baseball

4 Responses Leave a comment

  1. #1Kerry @ 2013-4-28 11:01 Reply

    It is interesting to see the prospects that failed – Pie, Hermida, Tankersley…Sanchez was the only one who really developed.

  2. #2David Memphis MOJO Smith @ 2013-4-28 14:46 Reply

    I’m not sure how he talks us into some of these trades (has he ever made a bad one?). I think part of it is because he’s such a nice guy. You want my good ballplayers? Sure, here, take all of them.

  3. #3Gary Robinson @ 2013-4-28 16:59 Reply

    The trades always seem so good on the surface, Dave, don’t they? Actually, where Kerry is the master is accumulating talent that allows him to make those offers. If you’re rebuilding, he always has good prospects. If you’re contending but a little light in homers, he can halp you. But none of it happens without that talent accumulation.

  4. #4Kerry @ 2013-4-29 22:25 Reply

    Gary doesn’t share the trades that fall apart! I like to think I am a good listener. Trades don’t get made if you don’t help each other accomplish what you both want.

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