His Baseball-Reference page has a number of unknown transactions listed for him, and I took to the archives to see if we could find some answers.
Edgerton's trip to the Pilots is listed as such:
- November 28, 1967: Drafted by the California Angels from the Oakland Athletics in the 1967 minor league draft.
- July, 1968: Sent from the California Angels to the Philadelphia Phillies in an unknown transaction.
- Before 1969 Season: Sent from the Philadelphia Phillies to the Seattle Pilots in an unknown transaction.
But that's not what happened.
Edgerton was on the A's Birmingham team when he was drafted in the minor league draft, listed here in the Arizona Republic of Nov. 29, 1967:
"SEATTLE Bill Edgerton, Birmingham, left-handed pitcher."
Seems simple. BUT. Edgerton was property of the Seattle team itself, NOT the Angels parent club. This is explained in this article from the July 3, 1968 Gadsden Times:
“The members of this exclusive Pilot Players Club are infielder Marv Staehle and southpaw pitcher Bill Edgerton, who have been farmed out to the Seattle Angels of the Pacific Coast League.”
“This is like lending yourself a couple of bucks because the Angels are owned by Pacific Northwest Sports, Inc., the same outfit that owns the Pilots. But the other players and Mgr. Joe Adcock are owned by the California Angels.”
Staehle had been purchased by the Pilots outright earlier.
So Edgerton was Pilot property as soon as he was drafted in 1967. He was never a part of the Angels or Phillies systems! This reminds me of the Chuck Collier blog we did earlier.
Another Edgerton transaction listed has him going on waivers from the A's to the Indians and back again. The first transaction was a straight up sale, not a waive, according to the Feb. 17, 1965 Star-News:
“The Cleveland Indians purchased southpaw pitcher Bill Edgerton from the Kansas City Athletics.”
Couldn't find how he got back to the A's, and he never played for the Indians.