11/16/99–Traded Luther Hackman, Darryl Kile and Dave Veres to the St. Louis Cardinals. Received Manny Aybar, Brent Butler, Rich Croushore and Jose Jimenez.
For Kile, he struggled in his two season with the Rockies as his primary pitch, his big curveball, did not have as much break as elsewhere. In 1998 and 1999, he went 21-30 with an ERA of 5.84. So, O’Dowd wanted to unload his contract. In his first season with the Cardinals, Kile went 20-9 with a 3.91 ERA, which was good enough to net him an All-Star appearance and he also came in 5th in the NL Cy Young Award voting and 18th in the NL MVP voting. He was pretty good in 2001 as well, but not as good.
In 2002, though, his life was cut short by a heart attack that he had in a Chicago hotel at the age of 33.
Jimenez became the Rockies closer after being a starter for the Cardinals. In four seasons with the Rockies, he had 102 saves and an ERA of 4.13 (126 ERA+). If you look at his first three seasons in a Rockies uniform, he had a 3.57 ERA (149 ERA+) and 82 saves, including 41 in 2002.