MLB Trade Deadline: 3 MLB Teams That Will Regret Their Trades

Joe Fitzhenry@@joefitz1014Correspondent IIJuly 31, 2012

MLB Trade Deadline: 3 MLB Teams That Will Regret Their Trades

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    As the MLB trade deadline is just hours away, it's time to take a look at three trades that at least one of the teams involved will regret going forward. 

    There are three types of teams at the deadline each year: the buyers, the sellers and those organizations that decide to stand pat. 

    The buyers are looking to improve their team anyway they can in order to make one final playoff push, the sellers are just looking to retool for next year and beyond and, well, the teams who stand pat could be either a buyer or seller if they had made a move. 

Brandon League to the Dodgers

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    Remember when League was an All-Star caliber reliever?

    Yeah, me too. Just a few months ago, this would have been a nice trade for the Dodgers in a move to try and boost their bullpen. 

    Instead, League has posted a 0-5 record with a 3.63 earned run average this season. 

    Those aren't bad numbers, but you have to consider that League isn't a closer anymore. He hasn't been anywhere near the pitcher that he was in 2011. 

    Who knows? Maybe this is one of those moves that the player in question just needs a change of scenery in order to flourish again. 

    The former Blue Jay is likely to leave in free agency at the end of the season so we will have to wait and see what kind of rental this becomes for the Dodgers. 

    On the other end of the deal, the Mariners receive two very solid prospects in Logan Bawcom and Leon Landry. 

Ichiro Suzuki to the Yankees

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    Yes, I'm well aware that Ichiro isn't the same player that he was just a few years ago, but why trade arguably the most popular player in franchise history? 

    Suzuki was the face of the Mariners and a fan favorite in Seattle, and he remains one of the better defensive outfielders around the league. 

    For the cost of just two minor league hurlers, the Yankees found themselves a very capable replacement for Brett Gardner who will miss the rest of the season. 

    D.J. Mitchell appears destined to spend his career earning travel miles between Triple-A and the majors, while Danny Farquhar has potential but the sample size is very small and he has lots left to prove. 

    In this case, it's not so much the players they got in return that I think Seattle will regret, but you have to consider decreased fan interest for a last place team that just lost the face of the organization. 

Francisco Liriano to the White Sox

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    As soon as the Anibal Sanchez to the Tigers deal became finalized, you had to know that Ken Williams would make a move of his own. 

    It's just that White Sox fans probably weren't looking for a pitcher that their team had shelled (2.2. IP, 7 hits, 7 ER, 3 HR) just prior to the trade. 

    Liriano still does rack up the strikeouts, but he also walks a lot more batters than he used to and he hasn't been the same pitcher that he was prior to the numerous injuries over the course of his career. 

    Sure, pitching depth is never a bad thing, but you have to wonder if Williams actually wanted to make this move or if it just a spontaneous response to the Tigers pulling the trigger? 

    Best case for Chicago: Liriano finds a new wind and helps this team greatly down the stretch in the AL Central. 

    Worst Case: Liriano's struggles continue and the high walk totals and pitch count tax the bullpen in nearly all of his starts. 

    For the Twins in this deal, they get a pair of guys who seemingly both have a lot of potential. 

    LHP Pedro Hernandez could compete for a spot in the rotation as soon as next year, while Eduardo Escobar continues to develop his game and eventually could become a solid middle infield guy.