Ricky Gutierrez - Timeline

Astros Trades & Transactions

Dec 28, 1994:Traded Ken Caminiti(IF), Andujar Cedeno(IF), Steve Finley(OF), Roberto Petagine(IF), Brian Williams(P) and Sean Fesh(P) to SD-N for Derek Bell(OF), Doug Brocail(P), Ricky Gutierrez(IF), Pedro Martinez(P), Phil Plantier(OF), and Craig Shipley(IF). SD received Fesh on May 1 1995
Oct 28, 1999:Granted free agency to Ricky Gutierrez(SS), who signed with Chi-N on Dec 20

This Date in Astros History

Dec 28, 1994:In one of the biggest player swaps in baseball history, the Astros send infielders Ken Caminiti, Andujar Cedeno and Roberto Petagine, outfielder Steve Finley and pitchers Brian Williams and Sean Fesh to San Diego for infielders Craig Shipley and Ricky Gutierrez, outfielders Derek Bell and Phil Plantier and pitchers Doug Brocail and Pedro Martinez. It's a thinly-disguised salary dump and, were it not for Bell's success, would have been regarded as one of the worst trades in club history. Caminiti and Finley blossom into All-Stars who lead the Padres to the N.L. title in 1998. Bell and Gutierrez are the only salvagable parts for the Astros and they are both gone after the 1999 season.
May 24, 1996:Houston rallies for an 8-7 victory over the Cubs in the ten innings. Craig Biggio belts a two-run two-out homer in the bottom of the ninth off Turk Wendell before Sean Berry ties it. John Cangelosi singles home Ricky Gutierrez the next inning to win it. Todd Jones picks up the victory.
Sep 12, 1997:Derek Bell drives in four to pace the Astros over Los Angeles, 10-3. His two-run homer may have been to cover the embarrassment of being caught off first earlier on a throw by Raul Mondesi. Ricky Gutierrez plates three to help the cause. Houston leads the N.L. Central by 3-1/2 games over Pittsburgh, yet are only two games over .500 at 74-72.
Apr 27, 1998:Tony Eusebio's double caps a three-run ninth-inning rally that stuns the Mets, 4-3. Sacrifice flies by Moises Alou and Ricky Gutierrez precede the game-winner. C.J. Nitkowski picks up the victory.
May 6, 1998:In perhaps the most dominant pitching performance of all time, Cubs rookie Kerry Wood strikes out 20 Astros en route to a 2-0 shutout. Ricky Gutierrez' third-inning single is the lone Houston hit. Wood walks none and hits one batter. Derek Bell is the final victim as Wood sets a National League single-game strikeout mark, tying Roger Clemens for the major league record.
Jul 23, 1998:Down 6-0 in Los Angeles after the first inning, Houston rallies for five in the eighth to tie the game then tallies twice more in the tenth for an 8-6 comeback win. Moises Alou's two-run homer leads the charge. Ricky Gutierrez draws a bases-loaded walk for the game-winner then Derek Bell singles home an insurance run.
Aug 2, 1998:Randy Johnson makes his first start as an Astro during a 6-2 victory in Pittsburgh. Johnson trails, 2-1, in the eighth when Ricky Gutierrez slaps a two-run double to put Houston ahead. A double by Tony Eusebio adds another run. Scott Elarton gets the save.
Oct 1, 1998:Bill Spiers singles home Ricky Gutierrez in the bottom of the ninth for a 5-4 victory over San Diego in Game Two of the N.L.D.S. Jeff Bagwell brings home the first three runs while Derek Bell adds a solo shot. A two-run homer by Jim Leyritz ties it for the Padres, setting up the dramatic end. The series is tied at 1-1.
Feb 9, 1999:Astros agree to a contract with shortstop Ricky Gutierrez. It's the second year in a row that none of Houston's arbitration-eligible players actually reach a hearing. Gutierrez fights injury problems to hit .261 in his final year in Houston.
Sep 10, 1999:Ricky Gutierrez rips four hits and drives home the tying run in the bottom of the ninth before Carl Everett sends the crowd away happy with a two-run homer in the 13th for a 6-4 triumph over the Cubs, Houston's eighth straight win. It's Carl's second homer of the night. Billy Wagner, the seventh Astro pitcher, gets the win.
Dec 20, 1999:Ricky Gutierrez signs a two-year contract with the Chicago Cubs as a free agent. The shortstop had averaged .266 over five seasons as an Astro.