Despite being the Yankees' top starter in 1986, the 6'7" Rasmussen was traded to Cincinnati for Bill Gullickson in August 1987. Originally Pirates property, Rasmussen was traded from the Padres to the Yankees in 1984 for Graig Nettles. The Padres stole him back on June 8, 1988, in a deal for Candy Sierra, and he thrived, going 14-4 for San Diego and winning 10 of his frst 11 decisions for them. However, his career began spiralling downwards following the 1988 campaign. After three mediocre seasons with the Padres and disastrous stints with the Cubs and Royals, he finally called it quits after the 1995 season.
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FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»March 30, 1984: The Yankees trade new author and veteran 3B Graig Nettles to the Padres for rookie P Dennis Rasmussen and a minor leaguer to be named later. Nettles's controversial book Balls, in which he criticizes Steinbrenner, will be not be officially published until April 30th, but the bound books available now make his days in pinstripes numbered.
»April 3, 1987:
At Tiger Stadium, Jack Morris makes his 8th straight start for Detroit and is booed by the 51,315 for his attempts to leave the Tigers over the winter. The Yankees and Tigers each score one run in nine innings before New York scores in the 10th to beat Morris, 2–1. Dave Righetti, in relief of Dennis Rasmussen, is the winner.