1. Outfielder George Bell, shortstop Santiago Garcia, catchers Ernie Whitt and Jeff Hearron, and pitchers John Cerutti and Omar Bencomo from Toronto to Pittsburgh for catcher Tony Pena, lefthanded reliever Pat Clements and outfielder R.J. Reynolds. Pena would be an acknowledged star in Toronto, and Reynolds could get by in left until Silvestre Campusano is ready—which won't be long.
2. Pitchers Rick Aguilera and Doug Sisk from the Mets to San Francisco for pitchers Scott Garrelts and Mike Jeff-coat. One National League scout asserts that if Garrelts starts 30 games, he'll set a record for most pitches thrown in a season. So, if the Giants are in such desperate need of a starter, why not Aguilera, who is one of the best young righthanders in the league? Garrelts, meanwhile, would give the Mets an outstanding bullpen.
3. Outfielder Jim Rice and pitcher Sammy Stewart from Boston to Milwaukee for third baseman Paul Molitor. Molitor can play center and would give Boston a leadoff hitter. Rice could use the change as much as the Brewers could use a cleanup hitter, and reuniting him with his best friend, Cecil Cooper, would be good for both.
4. Outfielder Andy Van Slyke and pitchers Greg Dunn and Rick Ownbey from St. Louis to Texas for pitcher Charlie Hough and outfielder Gary Ward. The Cardinals' greatest need is a quality righthanded starter who can replace Joaquin Andujar's innings. Hough is still one of the better pitchers in the American League. The Cardinals can afford to platoon John Morris with Ward in right field. The Rangers would love to have Van Slyke instead of Ward, who will be a free agent at the end of this season.
5. Outfielder Von Hayes from Philadelphia to Los Angeles for pitcher Bob Welch. With Pedro Guerrero lost for a while, the Dodgers need another outfield bat as badly as the Phillies need a starter.
6. Outfielder Chili Davis and pitcher Mike Krukow from San Francisco to the Yankees for outfielders Dan Pasqua and Jay Buhner and pitchers Doug Drabek and Dennis Rasmussen. Krukow is a solid starter who's best with a winner, and the Giants would be getting four future players. Then the Yankees trade....
7. Davis, pitcher Ed Whitson and the cash to cover Whitson's salary to K.C. for Danny Jackson. The Yankees would have Ron Guidry, Jackson, Krukow, Joe Niekro and Bob Tewksbury—the greatest Yankee from Penacook, N.H. since Red Rolfe—in their rotation. Davis could become a star in Kansas City.
8. Outfielder Andre Dawson from Montreal to the Cubs for outfielders Jerry Mumphrey and Pookie Bernstine and pitcher Steve Trout. Dawson deserves grass and a hitter's park, and he hits much better in the daylight.
9. In a seven-team trade of backup catchers, Montreal sends Tom Nieto to Cleveland for Chris Bando. The Indians pass Nieto on to San Diego for Bruce Bochy. The Padres ship Nieto to Boston for Marc Sullivan. The Red Sox give Nieto to Cincinnati for Sal Butera. The Reds deal Nieto to the White Sox for Marc Hill. Chicago moves Nieto to Atlanta for Bruce Benedict. The Braves dispatch Nieto to Montreal for Dann Bilardello. The Expos outright Nieto to Indianapolis and recall Mike Fitzgerald.
10. Tony La Russa from the White Sox to Baltimore for Earl Weaver. The Chicago owners would thus have the high-profile manager they've wanted, and Edward Bennett Williams would have a junior partner.