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MLB 49 43 MLB's 10 worst deadline deals 11531788 10 worst deadline deals 10+worst+deadline+deals MLB

As the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline looms, it's worth remembering that deadline deals can be risky endeavors. History's full of trades that may have looked sensible at the time, but turned out to be deeply damaging to one of the teams involved. So, what are the worst of them?

We'll keep the focus on 1985 to the present — when the "deadline deal" truly became a phenomenon unto itself — and consider only trades that went down during what's considered the non-waiver period (June 15-July 31). As such, we'll exclude a couple August trades that otherwise qualify as foul-smelling disasters (e.g., the trade that sent Jeff Bagwell out of Boston). With those criteria laid out, let's count down the 10 worst deadline deals of the modern age.

— Dayn Perry

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MLB 49 43 MLB's 10 worst deadline deals 11532402 June 27, 2002 — Expos and Indians June+27%2C+2002+%26mdash%3B+Expos+and+Indians MLB

The Expos traded Cliff Lee, Brandon Phillips, Grady Sizemore and Lee Stevens to the Indians for Bartolo Colon and Tim Drew.

Cliff Lee? A Cy Young on the mantle and a deserved reputation as one of the best lefties in the game. Brandon Phillips? A Gold Glove-caliber second baseman with pop. Grady Sizemore? A three-time All-Star who, although injured, is still just 27. For all that, the Expos received three months of Colon. Colon was effective in Montreal, but the Expos missed the postseason and then dealt him to the White Sox in the offseason for much, much less than they paid for him. On the upside, if the Expos/Nationals had held onto Lee, Phillips and Sizemore, then they probably never would've been in position to draft Stephen Strasburg.

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MLB 49 43 MLB's 10 worst deadline deals 11534824 July 31, 1997 — Mariners and Red Sox July+31%2C+1997+%26mdash%3B+Mariners+and+Red+Sox MLB

The Mariners traded Derek Lowe and Jason Varitek to the Red Sox for Heathcliff Slocumb.

At the time of this ill-fated trade, Slocumb had a 5.79 ERA ... This bears repeating. Seattle paid dearly for a reliever with an ERA in sniffing distance of 6.00. In doing so, the M's parted with two players — Varitek and Lowe — who'd greatly help the Red Sox become the top organization of the "aughts." Lowe would save 40-plus in one season for Boston, then win 20-plus two years later. Varitek would become captain and a key part of two World Series winners.

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MLB 49 43 MLB's 10 worst deadline deals 11532244 July 18, 1993 — Padres and Braves July+18%2C+1993+%26mdash%3B+Padres+and+Braves MLB

The Padres trade Fred McGriff to the Braves for Melvin Nieves, Donnie Elliot and Vince Moore.

In the minds of many, this trade stands as the deadline deal of the modern era. That's a justifiable stance. After the trade, McGriff hit .310 AVG/.392 OBP/.610 SLG for the Braves. He was just as effective the following season. Then, in the Braves' run through the '95 postseason, he was simply devastating. As for the return package, no one achieved anything of consequence on San Diego's watch.

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MLB 49 43 MLB's 10 worst deadline deals 11532245 July 31, 1997 — A's and Cardinals July+31%2C+1997+%26mdash%3B+A%27s+and+Cardinals MLB

The A's traded Mark McGwire to the Cardinals for Eric Ludwick, T.J. Mathews and Blake Stein.

This one requires little explanation. The A's received three players who achieved little in the majors, and Mark McGwire went on to hit 220 homers as a Cardinal, seize the single-season home run record for a time and help them to a pair of division titles. McGwire, despite playing the healthy majority of his career in Oakland, is now one of the defining players of the late '90s and squarely identified as a Cardinal.

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MLB 49 43 MLB's 10 worst deadline deals 11534511 July 31, 2007 — Braves and Rangers July+31%2C+2007+%26mdash%3B+Braves+and+Rangers MLB

The Braves traded Elvis Andrus, Neftali Feliz, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Matt Harrison and Beau Jones to the Rangers for Mark Teixeira and Ron Mahay.

Depending on how things pan out in Arlington in the coming seasons, this one could be even higher on the list. When the Braves pulled off this deal, they were just 3.5 games out of first place, but they went only a game over .500 the rest of the way. Teixeira raked as a Brave, but they missed the postseason and traded him away at the 2008 deadline for next to nothing. As for the Rangers' side of things, they landed one of the best young shortstops in baseball (Andrus) and one of the best young arms in game, too (Feliz). As well, Saltalamacchia may yet be useful (he's still just 25), Harrison's contributing at the highest level in 2010 and even James looks like he'll have a career as an effective lefty out of the pen. The Braves will regret this deal for years to come.
 

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MLB 49 43 MLB's 10 worst deadline deals 11532400 July 23, 2003 — Pirates and Cubs July+23%2C+2003+%26mdash%3B+Pirates+and+Cubs MLB

July 23, 2003 - The Pirates trade Aramis Ramirez, Kenny Lofton and cash to the Cubs for Bobby Hill, Jose Hernandez and Matt Bruback.

Ramirez has become, without exaggeration, the greatest Cub third baseman since Ron Santo (203 bombs and counting as a Cub, plus two All-Star appearances and two top-10 MVP finishes), and Lofton hit .327 down the stretch in '03 as the Cubs almost won the pennant. In Pittsburgh, meanwhile, Hernandez didn't hit in his half-season of work, Hill never realized his potential and Bruback never made it to the majors. That's to say nothing of the fact the Pirates threw in cash, something they tend not to have much of.

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MLB 49 43 MLB's 10 worst deadline deals 11532401 July 28, 1995 — Blue Jays and Yankees July+28%2C+1995+%26mdash%3B+Blue+Jays+and+Yankees MLB

The Blue Jays traded David Cone to the Yankees for Marty Janzen, Jason Jarvis and Mike Gordon.

As a Yankee, Cone tossed a memorable perfect game and was a key part of the team's dynastic run in the late 1990s (he was also the co-ace of the legendary '98 squad). As for the Jays, only one of the players they received even made the majors. That was Janzen, who compiled an ERA of 6.39 in two partial seasons in Toronto.

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MLB 49 43 MLB's 10 worst deadline deals 11534512 July 29, 1988 — Red Sox and Orioles July+29%2C+1988+%26mdash%3B+Red+Sox+and+Orioles MLB

The Red Sox traded Curt Schilling and Brady Anderson to the Orioles for Mike Boddicker.

Boddicker was effective in two seasons in Boston, especially so in 1990 (228 innings, 123 ERA+), but consider the cost. Schilling, who was a 21-year-old minor leaguer at the time, went on to a likely Hall-of-Fame career (part of which would, of course, unfold in Boston years later). Anderson was also a three-time All-Star. Considering that Boston was unable to dig up a reliable center fielder between Ellis Burks and Johnny Damon — a gap that roughly coincides with Anderson's prime — it's even more of a loss. Interestingly, Schilling was also a part of another deadline stinker: the 2000 deal in which the Phillies sent him to Arizona in exchange for Omar Daal, Vicente Padilla, Travis Lee and Nelson Figueroa.

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MLB 49 43 MLB's 10 worst deadline deals 11532403 July 21, 1988 — Yankees and Mariners July+21%2C+1988+%26mdash%3B+Yankees+and+Mariners MLB

The Yankees trade Jay Buhner to the Mariners for Ken Phelps.

With good cause, this swap stuck in the craw of Frank Costanza. Indeed, Buhner went on to hit 307 of his 310 career home runs as a Mariner. His stay in Seattle also included three straight 40-homer seasons, one All-Star appearance and one Gold Glove. Meantime, Phelps hit for power down the stretch in '88, but was soon on the log flume out of baseball.

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MLB 49 43 MLB's 10 worst deadline deals 11532246 July 31, 1998 — Astros and Mariners July+31%2C+1998+%26mdash%3B+Astros+and+Mariners MLB

The Astros traded Freddy Garcia, Carlos Guillen and John Halama to the Mariners for Randy Johnson.

To be sure, Johnson was outstanding during his brief time as an Astro. After the trade, he posted a sparkling 1.28 ERA and whiffed 116 batters in 84.1 innings. The Astros went 37-16 after picking him up, but lost to the Padres in the NLDS in four games. Johnson pitched very well in two playoff starts, but because of a lack of run support he lost both games. For their troubles, the Mariners picked up three players who'd fill vital roles in the seasons to come. Garcia gave the M's a half-decade of effective pitching, Halama pretty much did the same and Guillen established himself as one of the most underrated players in the game.

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