Major Mariners Moves: The Five Most Important MLB Trades in Seattle History

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Major Mariners Moves: The Five Most Important MLB Trades in Seattle History

Every sports franchise has certain trades that linger with the team. To use basketball as an example, the Lakers' acquisition of Pau Gasol for peanuts in 2008 constitutes a good trade that sticks with the team.

Conversely, the Vancouver Grizzlies trading a future draft pick (which could have been Carmelo Anthony) to Detroit in exchange for Otis Thorpe (yes, THE Otis Thorpe) is widely remembered as a bad trade.

Baseball is no different in this respect. Every time teams wheel and deal, there is a chance that the trade, when viewed in hindsight, either helped one side, hurt the other, or involved some very prominent players when they were only prospects.

In this article, I have identified five trades that I believe are the most important trades in Seattle Mariners history. Some involve getting robbed, some involve making a great deal, and others involve the acquisition or loss of franchise-caliber players.

Through whatever lens these trades are viewed, they are undoubtedly important to the Seattle Mariners, both then and now.

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