MLB Trade Deadline 2012: 5 Historic Trades That Every GM Should Learn From

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MLB Trade Deadline 2012: 5 Historic Trades That Every GM Should Learn From
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"Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it."

The logic is simple.  The statement...profound.  Actually being able to learn from history?  Very difficult.

Nowhere is this truth more evident than in Major League Baseball.  Prone to lopsided trades more than any other sport, baseball never fails in delivering one-sided deals at the trading deadline.  Maybe it's simply a byproduct of the game's structure.

Or perhaps some teams just never learn from their past.

With it being that time of year again (the MLB trade deadline is July 31st)—I wanted to see what could be learned from some historically bad exchanges.

So listen up, Ben Cherington (pictured above), Theo Epstein, Jon Daniels and all of you other young GMs out there... 

This one's for you.

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