The annual trade deadline that occurs every July brings along one of the most exciting times of a Major League Baseball season. During the weeks and days before the deadline, the internet becomes a haven for potential trade rumors linking big-name players with different teams. That was the case in 2015 when the New York Mets were looking to pull the trigger on a move that could help the club potentially advance to the playoffs. It took some time and also a failed deal, but the Mets eventually landed their man in Yoenis Cespedes. Cespedes helped the Mets win the National League East and make a journey all the way to the World Series.
That trade obviously worked out well for the Mets and the Mets will be hoping that Cespedes will continue to be a positive for the club in 2016 and after the current MLB season. For every Cespedes-to-the-Mets transaction, however, there have been all kinds of MLB trades that never should have been made in the first place. Many of these terrible trades have included some of the biggest stars in the game at given periods. In some cases, it is almost hard to believe that somebody tasked with running a club could make such a disastrous decision that would not, after the fact, even be considered by a wise individual.
The best example of a MLB trade that never should have been made, of course, is one that included arguably the greatest player in the history of the game, a man who has been an American icon for nearly a century. Without further ado, here are Top 15 MLB Trades That Never Should Have Been Made.
15 Reds trade Paul Konerko to White Sox
14 A's trade Mark McGwire to the St. Louis Cardinals
13 Reds trade Frank Robinson to the Orioles
12 Padres trade Joe Carter and Roberto Alomar to the Blue Jays
11 Mariners trade Derek Lowe and Jason Varitek to Red Sox
10 Tigers trade John Smoltz to the Braves
9 Red Sox trade Jeff Bagwell to the Astros
8 Astros trade Curt Schilling to Phillies
7 Phillies trade Ryne Sandberg to the Cubs
6 Dodgers trade Pedro Martinez to the Expos
5 Pirates trade Jose Bautista to the Blue Jays
4 Cubs Trade Lou Brock to the Cardinals
3 Expos Trade Cliff Lee, Grady Sizemore, Brandon Phillips and Lee Stevens to the Indians
2 Reds Trade Christy Mathewson to the Giants
1 Red Sox Trade Babe Ruth to the Yankees
It is a trade that changed the destinies of two different MLB franchises, one that has been documented in numerous television specials and books. The Boston Red Sox dealt Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees because then-Boston owner Harry Frazee wanted to fund what became the inspiration for the Broadway show No, No, Nanette. Frazee got his show and the Yankees received a player who helped make the Yankees the most dominant sports franchise on the continent. It goes without saying that the Red Sox made a terrible mistake when they traded Ruth and it took roughly 90 years for the Red Sox to recover from the move.
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