MLB teams participate in blockbuster trades because dismissing and acquiring high-profile players has historically culminated in on-field success. As the saying goes, fortune favors the bold.
This list reflects on lopsided swaps that involved top prospects and/or superstars.
Pre-trade hype was a prerequisite. For that reason, several infamous transactions—John Smoltz for Doyle Alexander, Jose Bautista for Robinzon Diaz, etc.—aren't included.
Through the decades, the Houston Astros and San Diego Padres have repeatedly been taken advantage of. However, even their fans can reminisce about calculated risks that paid great dividends.
In hindsight, it's hard to believe these unbalanced moves actually occurred.