6. Giants trade Bobby Bonds for Bobby Murcer
While his son, Barry, had the more storied (and controversial) career, Bobby Bonds was quite the offensive force in his time. During his seven seasons with the Giants, Bonds hit .273 and hit 186 home runs and stole 263 bases while playing Gold Glove defense. However, the Giants traded Bonds to the Yankees for Bobby Murcer after the 1974 season.
Murcer played pretty well in his two seasons with the Giants, but Candlestick Park frustrated him tremendously given how it diminished his power and he was traded to the Cubs before the 1977 season having not come close to matching Bonds’ production. Bobby, on the other hand, would bounce to several teams over the next six seasons and post multiple excellent seasons before he retired.
5. Giants trade Orlando Cepeda for Ray Sadecki
Sadecki pitched pretty well with the Giants over the next four seasons including a pair of sub-3 ERA seasons. However, any thought that Cepeda was declining before the trade was quickly squashed as he won the MVP for the Cardinals in 1967 and would go on to post an. 804 OPS and hit another 136 homers over his remaining eight seasons. He was eventually put into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999 by the Hall’s Veterans Committee.