Mariners Magazine: Volume 4, Issue 2 (1993)
In an interview with the Philadelphia Daily News, Phillies legend John Kruk reminded fans that the Phillies almost acquired the best left handed pitcher of his generation at the 1993 trade deadline.
I remember the buzz about this very well. I had just turned 13, and the rumors circulating in late July were centered around Randy Johnson and the Seattle Mariners. The newspapers at the time had narrowed down the Mariners most likely trade partners to be the Yankees and the Phillies. The Yankees were reported to have offered pitcher Bob Wickman and a prospect, and the Mariners were said to have been asking for Curt Schilling from the Phillies.
If the Mariners really were demanding Curt Schilling, I can understand the Phillies not making the trade. The Phillies ace was 26 years old (three years younger than Randy Johnson) and in the middle of a dominant season that would lead the Phillies to the World Series. Meanwhile, Randy Johnson was getting roughed up before the trade deadline with a record of 0-3 and a 7.36 ERA in five starts in July 1993. In hindsight, Johnson is unquestionably the better pitcher and had a better 1993 season than Schilling, but in the context of the moment, it's understandable that the Phillies would pass on the opportunity to trade one ace for another.
|Source: Philadelphia Daily News - August 11, 2011|
|Source: The Spokesman Review (Spokane, WA) - August 2, 1993|