Kent-for-Williams: from ugly to beautiful

Giants GM Brian Sabean was unmercifully criticized after trading Matt Williams for Jeff Kent in 1996.

Originally Published: September 8, 2002
By Rob Neyer | ESPN.com

On September 30, 1996, one day after completing a terrible season, the San Francisco Giants announced the hiring of Brian Sabean as their new general manager.

Little more than a month later, on November 13, Sabean made his first big trade: All-Star third baseman Matt Williams and a player to be named later to Cleveland, in exchange for second baseman Jeff Kent, infielder Jose Vizcaino, pitcher Julian Tavarez, and a PTBNL.

And the early reviews of Brian Sabean's first significant deal? ...

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