MLB players who played for 3+ teams in a season

by fedoratipper - 162 cards (Last updated on Feb 8, 2021)

1. 1971 Topps #187 Ted Abernathy

Cardinals: Traded to Cardinals for Phil Gagliano on May 29th 1970
Royals: Traded to Cardinals for Chris Zachary on July 1st 1970
Thanks to theFalcon

2. 1999 Fleer Tradition #320 Jermaine Allensworth

Royals: Traded to Pirates for Manuel Bernal on June 27th 1998
Mets: Traded to Mets for cash on August 10th 1998

3. 2019 Topps #534 Aaron Altherr

Giants: Claimed off waivers on May 11th 2019
Mets: Claimed off waivers on May 23rd 2019

4. 1974 Topps #462 Luis Alvarado

White Sox
Cardinals: Traded to Cardinals for Ken Tatum on April 27th 1974
Indians: Traded to Indians with Ed Crosby for Jack Heidemann on June 1st 1974
Thanks to theFalcon

5. 2017 Topps Heritage #300 Nori Aoki

Blue Jays: Traded to Blue Jays with Teoscar Hernandez for Francisco Liriano on July 31st 2017
Mets: Claimed off waivers on September 2nd 2017
Thanks to DarkSide830

6. 2017 Topps #184 Oswaldo Arcia

Rays: Traded to Rays for cash on June 24th 2016
Marlins: Claimed off waivers on August 23rd 2016
Padres: Claimed off waivers on August 27th 2016

7. 2019 Topps Update #US153 Tyler Austin

Giants: Traded to Giants for Malique Ziegler on April 8th 2019
Brewers: Signed as a Free Agent on August 16th 2019

8. 2000 Kahn's Cincinnati Reds #NNO Manny Aybar

Reds: Traded to Reds for Gabe White on April 7th 2000
Marlins: Traded to Marlins for Jorge Cordova on July 30th 2000

9. 1970 Topps #294 Jose Azcue

Red Sox: Traded to Red Sox with Vicente Romo and Sonny Siebert for Dick Ellsworth, Ken Harrelson, and Juan Pizarro on April 19th 1969
Angels: Traded to Angels for Tom Satriano on June 15th 1969
Thanks to theFalcon

10. 2015 Topps #105 Jeff Baker

Tigers: Traded to Tigers for Marcelo Carreno and cash on August 5th 2012
Braves: Traded to Braves for Greg Ross on August 31st 2012



Apr 27, 2020 - 5:16PM

How can you make a list like this and not include Mike Piazza on it. His three stops are so famous.

Apr 27, 2020 - 5:18PM

@ckrakowski I forgot all about him! Thanks for the reminder.

Apr 27, 2020 - 6:58PM

Nice list. As expected, not exactly chock full of HOFers. But the Cubs got Aramis Ramirez in one of those deals, so that was nice. I'm a little surprised that no one did it twice. And I can't believe Edwin Jackson didn't make the list.

Excellent work. 


Apr 27, 2020 - 7:01PM

@Vvvergeer Thank you! I'm shocked too considering how many teams he's played for. 

Apr 28, 2020 - 9:39AM

Suprised me when this list came up. The hockey one had actually encouaraged me to work on a list for guys not that had played for a certain number of teams but that had cards for 3+ teams in one year.

Apr 28, 2020 - 9:52AM

If I may I'd love to help out here. Nori Aoki is the first name that comes to mind here. Not only did he only play for one team in multiple years, but he added three new clubs to his list of teams played for in his final year - Houston, Toronto, and NYM. Jesse Biddle also appeared for each of the Braves, Mariners, and Rangers last year. Cory Gearrin appeared with SFG, Texas, and Oakland in 2018. Also very unsurprisingly Octavio Dotel appeared for each of Pittsburgh, the Dodgers, and Colorado in 2010 in looking into it. Juan Nicasio meanwhile may have accomplished a unique feat in leading the NL in pitching appearances despite playing for three teams, making a stop in Philly between stints in Pittsburgh and STL.

Apr 28, 2020 - 2:16PM

@DarkSide830 Thank you! I will add them. As for that list you're thinking of doing, I know Mike Piazza definetly has cards with 3 teams in 1998.

Apr 29, 2020 - 6:29PM

yeah, made sure to add him. He was the first one more than a few years old that i thought to add.

Apr 29, 2020 - 6:32PM

also I forgot to note it last time but Joay Bats also qualifies a second time, as he played for all of ATL, NYM, and PHI in 2018. 7 teams between his first and last two years, yet only two the middle 13. crazy.

Edited on: Apr 29, 2020 - 6:32PM

May 11, 2020 - 5:28PM

Charlie Finley had the benchwarmers of his 1972 Oakland A's bouncing all over the major leagues.  Guys who made three pit stops included Marty Martinez, Bill Voss, and Ollie Brown.

May 12, 2020 - 5:11PM

More wheeling and dealing by Charlie Finley:

Tommy Davis (1970), Rico Carty (1973) and Deron Johnson (1974).


May 12, 2020 - 9:36PM

Jose Cruz Jr, 2005 - Diamondbacks, Red Sox, and Dodgers

May 12, 2020 - 9:38PM

Thank you theFalcon and soxbigdog! I will add them.

May 13, 2020 - 5:27AM

Three more - Johnny Blanchard (1965), George Scott (1979) and Ray Burris (1979).

May 13, 2020 - 12:49PM

Does anyone appear on three different jerseys in one year!? series 1, 2 and update? 

May 13, 2020 - 12:52PM

@theFalcon Thank you! I will add them.

@RonEaston Mike Piazza is the only one I can think of.

May 13, 2020 - 6:02PM

Can't believe I forget baseball's first (accidental) big money free agent, Ken Harrelson (1967).

Three more - Dick Schofield (1966), Jimmie Hall (1969) and Harry "Suitcase" Simpson (1959).

May 13, 2020 - 8:42PM

Now it's getting hard ... trying to think of guys at the end of their careers ... came up with three more, Ed Brinkman (1975) , John Wyatt (1968) and a three-fer, Bob Miller (1970, 1971 and 1973).

May 13, 2020 - 11:47PM

A couple more - Juan Pizarro (1969) and Dave Revering (1982).

May 14, 2020 - 9:52AM

Jhan Mariñez played for Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, and Texas in 2017

May 15, 2020 - 8:36PM

A couple of good lefties at the end of their ropes - Bobby Shantz (1964) and Jim Roland (1972).  Just found another, Ron Kline (1969).  Woo hoo, one more, Bullet Bob Reynolds (1975).

Edited on: May 15, 2020 - 8:53PM

May 20, 2020 - 9:05PM

Just stumbled over Jim Lemon in Baseball Reference ... a three-teamer in 1963.

Another is Lenny Green (1964).

May 22, 2020 - 8:52PM

One more (at least didn't see him here):

Chase d'Arnaud 2017 (Braves, Red Sox, and Padres)

May 30, 2020 - 9:17AM

Two more, Bob Meyer (1964) and Fred Talbot (1969).

May 31, 2020 - 4:38PM

Just found Ken Johnson (1969).

Jun 1, 2020 - 7:10PM

Two more:

Miguel Dilone (1983)

Dick Davis (1982)

Jun 7, 2020 - 10:38AM

You can adde Joe Azcue (1969), Ted Abernathy (1970) and Steve Hargan (1977).

.... and Frank Fernandez (1971).

... and Bill Fischer (1958).

... and Frank Lary (1964).

... and Jack Lamabe (1967).

Edited on: Jun 7, 2020 - 11:44AM

Jun 15, 2020 - 1:02AM

How about a two-fer, Dock Ellis (1977 & 1979).

Jul 1, 2020 - 12:24AM

If he is on here already, I apologize (didn't make it through the whole list yet), but in 1977 Dave Kingman played for the Mets, Padres, Angels and Yankees.

Jul 28, 2020 - 3:43AM

Billy Consolo (1962), Lou Clinton (1965) and Jim Landis (1967).

Sep 17, 2020 - 7:01PM

Ildemaro Vargas has played for the D-Backs, Twins, and Cubs this year

Dan Vogelbach has played for the Mariners, Blue Jays, and Brewers this year

Adeiny Hechavarría - 2018 - Rays, Pirates, Yankees

Edited on: Sep 17, 2020 - 7:14PM

Sep 18, 2020 - 4:37AM

Hank Fischer (1966)

John Herrnstein (1966)

Sep 19, 2020 - 8:20PM

Dave Martinez, 4 teams in 2000; Devil Rays, Cubs, Rangers, Blue Jays

Sep 19, 2020 - 8:28PM

Ed Kirkpatrick (1977)

Sep 20, 2020 - 6:35PM

I am running out of players from my youth, but you can add Luis Alvarado (1974).

Sep 21, 2020 - 5:07PM

Tom Sturdivant (1963)

Chuck Essegian (1961)

Sammy Taylor (1963)

Edited on: Sep 22, 2020 - 12:59AM

Sep 23, 2020 - 6:01PM

I just stumbled over Don Hahn (1975).

Sep 26, 2020 - 8:40PM

Doc Medich (1977)

Sep 30, 2020 - 9:25AM

Blue Moon Odom (1975)

Oct 9, 2020 - 10:46AM

Del Rice (1960)

Oct 19, 2020 - 5:10PM

Bob Priddy (1969)

John Buzhardt (1967)

Edited on: Oct 19, 2020 - 5:44PM

Jan 18, 2021 - 5:11AM

Dave Kingman!  Four teams in a year, all four divisions, and homered for all four teams!  (Was probably a jerk for all four teams and that might be the reason why he is on the list to begin with.)

Jan 22, 2021 - 8:56AM

Bob Grim (1960)

Vic Power (1964)

Feb 2, 2021 - 11:14AM

Rocky Bridges (1960)

Hank Foiles (1960)

Feb 9, 2021 - 9:05AM

Rocky Bridges, what a name

Feb 9, 2021 - 5:16PM

Clem Labine (1960)

Frank Thomas (1965)

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