The Major League Baseball season is unpredictable. How a small market team like Kansas City was able to win the World Series speaks to just how unpredictable things can be. So sometimes it takes a little bit of luck. All too often, that luck comes when you least expect it and you just think you’re taking a chance on a promising prospect.
As an Orioles fan, two trades from long ago resonate: getting Frank Robinson from the Reds and trading Curt Schilling for Glenn Davis. It’s possible that the Diamondbacks will be kicking themselves for years to come if Shelby Miller doesn’t do big things. So let’s take a look at some of the worst trades in the last 10 years.
2008 Erik Bedard from the Baltimore Orioles to the Seattle Mariners for 5 players including Adam Jones and Chris Tillman. Bedard couldn’t stay healthy. After being a #1 lefty for a couple years it seemed like an even trade even if Jones was seen as a 5-tool player. Tillman has also become a top of the rotation guy. Meanwhile, Bedard is retired and was never better than mediocre.
2008 Jose Bautista from the Pittsburgh Pirates to the Toronto Blue Jays for Robinzon Diaz. Joey Bats has been a home run machine since he arrived in Toronto. Also a former Oriole, I know a thing or two about the guy from all the homers he’s hit against us. He might be a huge dick. Since 2010 he’s had no fewer than 27 dingers. Meanwhile, Robinzon Diaz was picked up on a minor league deal by the Blue Jays a few days ago.
2007 Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis from the Miami Marlins to the Detroit Tigers for Cameron Maybin, Andrew Miller, and 4 others. Well, Willis ended up being a dud sadly. He’s a good dude but just never recovered from Tommy John surgery. But he could’ve never made a start and the Tigers would still have been winners by tons. Maybin never became the outfielder the Marlins hoped for and Miller was gone before he got really good. Cabrera is arguably the game’s best player. Slowed by injuries, he hasn’t been the usual world beater. He’s not far off though.
2007 Elvis Andrus, Neftali Feliz, Matt Harrison, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia from the Atlanta Braves to the Texas Rangers for Mark Teixeira and a couple other floating pieces on each side. Feliz has been pretty good in a number of bullpen roles, Harrison was hurt last year but was very good the prior year, Saltalamacchia has been around the block but fairly productive as a primarily defense catcher, and Andrus has been a centerpiece up the middle. The Braves, who are in a pretty big rebuild currently, basically got a rent-a-player in Teixeira and the guy has been good but not exactly over 100 million good.
2006 Gio Gonzalez and Gavin Floyd from the Philadelphia Phillies to the Chicago White Sox for Freddy Garcia. Gio didn’t become effective until his time with the Athletics, but imagine if he had. Floyd was great for a handful of years while Garcia was a short-term rental who pitched 58 innings and was gone in free agency.
2007 Matt Garza and Jason Bartlett and one other dude from the Minnesota Twins to the Tampa Bay Rays for Delmon Young and Brendan Harris. Bartlett and Garza were vital to a team with great success for a couple years while Young was a headcase and was recently charged with assault on a Miami nightclub valet guy. Who do you think won?
2012 Noah Syndergaard, Travis D’Arnaud, and John Buck from the Toronto Blue Jays to the New York Mets for R.A. Dickey. Dickey was coming off a Cy Young Award and was one of the best stories in baseball. Unfortunately, he got hurt early and often and has never been the same. Buck was solid for the Mets and has consistently found a home in reason years while D’Arnaud finally settled in as the starting catcher for the Mets and Syndergaard became one of baseball’s up-and-comers.
2013 Jake Arrietta and Pedro Strop from the Baltimore Orioles to the Chicago Cubs for Scott Feldman and Steve Clevenger. The Orioles got Feldman in the middle of a playoff chase thinking he would shore up the middle of the pitching rotation. Feldman was very poor and left that offseason. Clevenger was just traded away after being spot-duty player off the bench. All the Cubs got was a shutdown middle-inning relief guy in Strop and a Cy Young Award winner who looks like he will be around for a while.