MLB Trade Deadline 2012: Power Ranking the 5 Worst Trades from July

Adam Spencer@AdamSpencer4Correspondent IJuly 31, 2012

MLB Trade Deadline 2012: Power Ranking the 5 Worst Trades from July

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    Every year, Major League Baseball teams make trades and improve themselves at the trade deadline.

    The 2012 MLB Trade Deadline was no different, with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago White Sox and others putting themselves in great positions for playoff runs.

    But the opposite is always true as well, with teams making questionable decisions that hurt their playoff chances.

    Let’s take a look at five teams that made some very questionable moves at this year’s trade deadline.

    (Check out my power ranking of the five best July trades, too.)

5. Miami Marlins Acquire Carlos Lee

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    This move looked good at the time, back when it looked like the Marlins were going to make an effort to win this year.

    Now, after dumping players like Hanley Ramirez and Gaby Sanchez, the Marlins appear to be stuck with the aging Lee.

    If he clears waivers, the Marlins will have to hope some other team is desperate enough to take him off their hands.

4. Arizona Diamondbacks Get Rid of Ryan Roberts

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    The other half of this trade was great; the Tampa Bay Rays basically stole Roberts from the Diamondbacks.

    In return, Arizona acquired Tyler Bortnick, a minor league middle infielder who doesn’t look like he’ll contribute to the D-Backs very much at all.

    There had to have been some better offers out there for Roberts, maybe from the Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees or even the Oakland A’s.

    The Diamondbacks basically gave away a solid utility man for a guy who will struggle to stay on the 25-man roster.

3. St. Louis Cardinals Deal for Edward Mujica

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    No, the Zack Cox experiment hasn’t been working out for the Cardinals.

    But, trading him for a relief pitcher who allows too many home runs isn’t exactly the answer to the problem.

    Cox was certainly struggling in the field and not progressing at the plate, but it was his first season in triple-A. At the very least, he could have been part of a package to acquire a much better player than Mujica.

    Only time will tell, but it doesn’t look like general manager John Mozeliak was able to work the same magic he worked last season at the trade deadline.

2. Atlanta Braves Trade for Paul Maholm, Reed Johnson

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    The Braves needed depth in the rotation and the outfield, but you have to question this move.

    Adding a borderline starter and a fifth outfielder doesn’t exactly inspire confidence in the Atlanta fanbase.

    If there was a Cub pitcher the Braves should have traded for, it was Ryan Dempster. Missing out on him really hurt Atlanta’s playoff chances.

1. Texas Rangers Acquire Geovany Soto

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    Sure, the Rangers only had to give up Jacob Brigham, a minor league pitcher, to get Soto.

    But, in case you haven’t noticed, Soto is only hitting .199 in 52 games this year. He also only has a measly six home runs and 14 RBI.

    The price was low, but it really doesn’t appear that Soto is in any shape to help a major league team this season, let alone one trying to win a World Series.