Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Worst Baseball Trade Ever?

We'll it's your turn, America, to have your voice heard! I was talking about this with a co-worker when we ran across #3 (below) and I, as a Met fan, had to throw out the 2 disasters we've been a part of.

I've been loving all the new comments on the posts recently, and let's keep it going. Which was the worst?

December 10, 1971: Nolan Ryan traded by the New York Mets with Frank Estrada, Don Rose, and Leroy Stanton to the California Angels for Jim Fregosi (Yup, thats it. Just Jim Fregosi).

July 30, 2004: Scott Kazmir traded by the New York Mets with Jose Diaz to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for Bartolome Fortunato (who?) and Victor Zambrano (ohh dear God. Did anyone else see him throw that 1 pitch like 2 years ago and immediately sprint off the mound, never being seen again? I guess his elbow just evaporated, along with his dignity).

November 14, 2003: Joe Nathan traded by the San Francisco Giants with Boof Bonser and Francisco Liriano to the Minnesota Twins for A.J. Pierzynski and cash (in all honesty, how could they know? Bonser and Liriano were nothing but prospects and Nathan was an injury plagued failed starter turned set up man that had 1 solid year in his career, and Pierzynski was one of the better hitting catchers in the bigs at the time. Still though, A.J. Pierzynski? Ouch!).

Got another option? Comments section. Do it.


Anonymous said...

Slater, great post...wait, what? that wasnt Slate? Oh, he hasnt written any posts yet? Good work Slater.

Anonymous said...

The list is endless when it comes to terrible trades but two come to mind

1. Smoltz from the Tigers to the Braves for Doyle Alexander

and for number two I have to agree with my boy Frank Costanza

2. Jay Buhner for Ken Phelps.

I dont care how high the Boss' baseball people were on Ken Phelps' bat.


Doc Holliday said...

Here's one of my favorites:

Curt Schilling, Steve Finley and Pete Harnisch (Orioles)for Glenn Davis(Astros)


Derek Lowe and Jason Varitek (Seattle) for Heathcliff Slocumb.

How could anyone trade for a closer named Heathcliff? I don't care if Varitek and Lowe were prospects, the Mariners got raped on this one.


Johan Santana for The Mets farm system.

Carlos Gomez can't hit a fucking pitching-machine changeup, Phil Humber's arm is made out of Craker Jacks, and the rest of the guys are AA talent right now. Bill Smith should be canned for this. I have a feeling this will happen relatively soon anyway.

Dan said...

I got a couple (only if they relate to the Mets and/or crack cocaine in some way - it's the only things that matter)

1. Good guys get Keith Hernandez (and a ton of coke/crack) for me, Neil Allen and Rick Ownbey. Yay for crack.

2. Dodgers trade Pedro Martinez for Delino DeShields (awesome name).

3. Bobby Bo to the Pirates for Jose DeLeon

Anonymous said...

OK here it is, this may not have been one sided but it is certainly the greatest display of idiocy and of course if involves the lovable losers from Queens. Harry Chiti traded from Cleveland to the Mets in 1962 for a player to be named later, he bats .195 in fifteen games then is shipped back to cleveland as the player to be named later.