Locker had a decent 1973 season, but North stole 232 bases in his six years in Oakland, leading the American League twice and was a key player on the A's playoff teams from 1973-75.
He eventually moved to executive positions with the Brewers and White Sox; it was with the latter as director of player development that he became involved in skimming parts of bonus payments made to some Latin American players.
Last week, Josh wrote this article chronicling his choices for the 10 greatest trades in Cubs history.
I asked him if he wanted to write the companion piece about the 10 worst deals. Still, I thought it would be worth looking at this not-so-great part of Cubs history.
It's hard to say whether Eckersley would have had his eventual Hall-of-Fame performance had he played for any manager other than Tony La Russa, who was willing to convert the former starter into the first modern closer.
The Cubs could have done that, and that would have made the trade of Lee Smith later that year more palatable.