The Worst Trade in Every MLB Team's History

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The Worst Trade in Every MLB Team's History
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Imagine if the Marlins had held onto Miguel Cabrera...

We take this opportunity to remind MLB executives how much they may come to regret pulling the trigger on a trade at the 2013 deadline. To varying extents, every team has had great financial and psychological difficulty overcoming the worst player swap in its history.

Naturally, the first question to pop into your head should be, "What constitutes a bad trade?"

A team moving sources of extraordinary current/future production for ones who provide substantially less, thanks for asking.

In several of the following examples, receiving excellent talent in return didn't remedy the situation, because those players weren't retained long-term. We've seen catastrophic mistakes made with prospects, impending free agents and everybody in between.

For fans, the takeaway message is don't rush to judgement. It took years for many of these deals to take a tragic twist.

No matter how one-sided the immediate analysis is by experts on Bleacher Report and elsewhere, you just never know how a transaction will play out.

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