MLB Trade Deadline: The 50 Dumbest Trades in Baseball History

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MLB Trade Deadline: The 50 Dumbest Trades in Baseball History
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The 2012 MLB trade deadline is drawing ever nearer, as there promises to be a flurry of action in the weeks to come leading up to the July 31 deadline.

It's a time when contenders look to shore up their rosters for a postseason push and sellers look to acquire young players they can build around moving forward.

Every trade comes with a certain amount of risk, and there are inevitably some deals where a team makes a horrible, regrettable move.

In compiling this list, I looked for two types of deals: trades that were dumb from the get-go and trades that are dumb in hindsight.

Many times, it is unclear who the winner and loser of a trade are until years after the deal takes place, but sometimes there is a clear winner from the start.

Without giving too much away, here are some examples of what I'm talking about. The Devil Rays trading 23-year-old Bobby Abreu for light-hitting shortstop Kevin Stocker was dumb from the start. The Tigers trading John Smoltz for pitcher Doyle Alexander, who would go 9-0 down the stretch and help the team make the postseason, worked out in the short-term but was a dumb move in hindsight.

So with that in mind, here is my take on the 50 dumbest trades in MLB history, and we'll have a whole fresh batch of deals to potentially add to this list in the weeks to come.

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