Posted by Raphy on January 22, 2008
Whenever there is a trade rumor about a player, the media is always quick to ask if the talks bother him. Certainly, when a player is traded more than once, the questions arise if he feels unwanted. What then, would you ask a player who played on four different teams in the same season? It seems almost painful to imagine. Yet, there are ten players since 1901 to have accomplished this dubious feat.
Four years ago, Jose Bautista had a whirlwind of a season. Having played his entire career in the Pirates organization, Bautista was selected by the Orioles as the sixth pick (and fifth Pirate) of the 2003 Rule 5 draft. Bautista played in 16 games for the Orioles, who then put him on waivers. Tampa Bay took him off waivers, let him play another 12 games and then sold him to the Royals. A month later the Royals traded him to the Mets, who immediately traded him to Pittsburgh, where it had all started. Bautista never played from the Mets, so he only played for four teams. Nevertheless, he still became the only player ever to play for four teams in his first big-league season. Fortunately for Bautista, his career has stabilized and he is still on the Pirates today.
Here is the complete list of players since 1901 to have played for 4 teams in one year.