April 15, 1989
The San Francisco Giants, looking to bolster their bullpen, announced Friday the signing of veteran reliever Rich (Goose) Gossage to a one-year contract. Gossage, a 17-year veteran, was released by the Chicago Cubs in spring training. Last season with Chicago, he had a 4-4 record, a 4.33 earned-run average and 13 saves in 46 appearances. He has 302 career saves, more than any active player and second only to Rollie Fingers' 341 on the all-time list. His lifetime record is 110-97.
March 29, 1989 |
The Chicago Cubs Tuesday released Rich (Goose) Gossage, one of baseball's premier relief pitchers. The club said Gossage and another pitcher, Al Nipper, were given unconditional release, trimming the team roster to 27 players. Gossage finished the 1987 season with 289 career saves, 52 behind Rollie Fingers' major league record of 341. Coming into last season, he had made 577 consecutive relief appearances.
February 13, 1988 |
Another Padres' World Series memory was erased Friday night as they traded reliever Rich (Goose) Gossage to the Chicago Cubs in a four-player trade that brought them outfielder/third baseman Keith Moreland, who will play left field. In the deal that also included a swap of Triple-A players--Padre pitcher Ray Hayward for Cub infielder Mike Brumley--the Padres formally kicked out the old while showing their intentions to reshape with the new.