Top 10 Trades Over The Last 10 Years Where Both Teams Lost
Trades are always seen as which teams "won" and which team "lost." Sometimes, both teams win.
With the terrible starts to both Javier Vazquez of the New York Yankees and Melky Cabrera of the Atlanta Braves, thus far it appears both teams have "lost" in that trade.
We thought it would be interesting to go back 10 seasons and see what other trades did not work out for either team.
They could be salary dump trades or the usual trade deadline deals of prospects for established stars, when the star did not help his team over the top and the prospects did not pan out.
Several trades listed here contained players who has successful statistical seasons for their new teams. But the trades were not winning trades as individual success did not necessarily mean wins for teams which obtained players for the express role of leading that their new team to the playoffs.
Gary Matthews, Jr. for Brian Stokes - January 22, 2010
Likely one of the worst free agent signings in recent years, the Los Angeles Angels decided to eat $21.5 million of Matthews, Jr's remaining contract to rid themselves of the malcontent.
The reason? He really is a very bad baseball player who offers nothing in player value. His numbers so far in New York? Try 6-43 for a .140 batting average, two doubles, no homers and ZERO RBI.
The zero RBI is almost impossible to do.
But while ridding themselves of Matthews, Jr., the Angels received Brian Stokes, a decently durable right handed pitcher.
All he has done is put up a WHIP of 2.500 in 15 games. In his 16 innings this year for Los Angeles, Stokes has allowed 24 hits, 13 earned runs (7.31 ERA) and a whopping 16 walks.
While it was too early to categorize the Vazquez-Cabrera trade as busts for both teams because they have a recent track record of success, it is safe to assume that the Matthews/Stokes trade is really bad for both teams.
They both stink as major league players.
Kyle Farnsworth for Ivan Rodriguez - July 30, 2008
Both teams were trading dead weight. Farnsworth was a hard throwing right-hander who was terrible in New York and similarly bad in his brief stay in Detroit.
In 16 games with the Tigers as their new eighth inning guy, Farnsy blew three late leads.
Pudge Rodriguez is a future Hall of Famer, but his Yankee tenure was easily the worst stretch of his career. The Yankees were looking for help at catcher for their stretch drive, but Pudge produced a paltry .219/.257/.323/.580 OPS and alienated the pitching staff with his calling of games.
Both players were with new teams in 2009.
Mark Teixeira for Casey Kotchman - July 28, 2008
Why would this trade be bad for both teams?
While the Angels made the playoffs in 2008, they were already 11.5 games up when they acquired Teixeira. They obtained him precisely for the playoffs, but even with him in their lineup for the ALDS, the Angles lost in four games to the Boston Red Sox.
Meanwhile, Kotchman was expected to be the future first baseman for the Atlanta Braves, but he did not play all that well, and was shipped to the Red Sox in 2009.
Kotchman was all the Braves could muster form their ill-fated trade for Teixeira when they acquired him from the Texas Rangers a year earlier for six players, many who are stars today.
Coco Crisp to Boston Red Sox from Cleveland - Jan. 27, 2006
The Boston Red Sox thought they were getting their center fielder for the next 10 years when they acquired Crisp for Andy Marte, Kelly Shoppach, Guillermo Mota and cash.
Crisp was coming off of a stellar 2005 season with 16 homers and a .300 average, but injuries curtailed his first year with the Red Sox and he never fulfilled all that promise.
After two plus years in Boston, Crisp was traded to Kansas City for a middle reliever.
The players the Indians received never amounted to much, except for Shoppach, who is a career backup catcher.
Mark Teahen for Josh Fields/Chris Getz - November 6, 2009
Another recent trade which made the list because all the players involved stink, with no track record of prior success.
The Chicago White Sox shipped but Fields and Getz to the Kansas City Royals for Mark Teahen, then proceeded to sign him to a three-year, $14 million contract.
All are high draft picks with Teahen and Fields being former first round picks.
Teahen has not earned his money with a .230/.323/.356 line so far with more strikeouts (23), than hits (20).
Fields is out for the year with a bad hip which required surgery and Getz is hitting a robust .192 with a .442 OPS.
This trade is bad for both teams.
Johan Santana to New York Mets - February 2, 2008
It was supposed to put the New York Mets over the top. They were getting arguably the best pitcher in baseball in Johan Santana when they shipped four minor leaguers to the Minnesota Twins.
The Twins got the short end of the stick here as all four guys they received have not helped, save for Carlos Gomez who was shipped to the Milwaukee Brewers.
They stole Santana because the Twins could not afford to sign him long term, and no other big market teams wanted to trade the prospects necessary.
But while Santana produced a great season for New York in 2008, his second season was injury plagued, and the Mets did not make the postseason in either year.
This season has shown Santana to be very hittable, and he is without his stellar control.
Santana has also had all his peripheral pitching numbers worsen each of the last several seasons. His WHIP has increased each season since 2004, and his strikeout and walk numbers have declined.
Combined with his increasing propensity to allow the long ball, and this trade is not the great deal most people think.
Santana was brought to New York to anchor a team which was so close to the postseason, but the Mets have yet to get there with Santana in the fold.
Unless the New York Mets make the playoffs in a few of these upcoming seasons, the trade for Johan will be a bust.
My gut tells me if will not get better for the Amazin's and Santana will continue to decline over the years.
Matt Morris from San Francisco to Pittsburgh - July 31, 2007
Why the rebuilding Pittsburgh Pirates would trade for an aging pitcher who had not thrown the ball well for a couple of seasons is beyond reasonable thought.
Especially when Matt Morris still had over $11 million left on his contract.
Morris was terrible with Pittsburgh in 2008, going 3-4 with a 6.10 ERA. In 2009, Morris was winless in five starts with an ERA just under 10.
He was released a few days after his last start, and retired a few days later.
The man he was traded for, Rajai Davis, was eventually released by the San Francisco Giants before signing with the Oakland A's.
Both the Pirates and Giants were losers in this transaction.
Sean Burroughs for Dewon Brazelton - December 7, 2005
A trade of first round bust picks, with Burroughs selected ninth overall by San Diego in 1998, and Brazelton selected third overall in 2001 by Tampa Bay.
Burroughs had 21 at bats with Tampa, hitting a buck ninety, while Brazelton (selected by Tampa ahead of Mark Teixeira) appeared in only nine games for the Padres.
Terrible for both teams in regards to this trade and their draft status.
Bartolo Colon to Chicago for El Duque - January 15, 2003
Bartolo Colon was a big guy who ended up being the key piece in two trades for teams thinking they only needed his power right arm to reach the playoffs.
But when the Chicago White Sox obtained the beefy right-hander from the Montreal Expos, he did win 15 games, but didn't help the White Sox over the hump, as they still finished in second place in the AL Central division.
Colon would leave the Windy City after the 2003 season, signing with the Anaheim Angels as a free agent.
Orlando Hernandez was the key player in that trade for Colon, but never pitched for the Expos. He ended up needing surgery on his rotator cuff, missed the entire 2003 season, then signed as a free agent with the New York Yankees the following season.
Roberto Alomar to New York Mets from the Cleveland Indians
In 2000, the New York Mets made the World Series where they lost in five games to the New York Yankees.
The Mets fell the next season to third place in the NL East, but with Mike Piazza and Mo Vaughn in the lineup, the Mets felt they were only a player away from getting back to the World Series.
On December 11, 2001, they obtained second baseman Roberto Alomar from the Cleveland Indians in a big, eight-player trade, sending minor league five-tool stud Alex Escobar over to the Tribe.
Escobar fizzled in his major league career, only appearing in 74 games for Cleveland.
Meanwhile, Alomar was coming off a great 2001 campaign where the 34 year old hit .336/.415/.541/.956 OPS and his tenth Gold Glove for defense.
But Alomar never got accustomed to New York, hitting a paltry .266/.331/.376/.708 OPS for the Mets. Even his wonderful defense vanished.
He could not handle the New York limelight, and a few short years later, Alomar's Hall of Fame caliber career was over.
The Mets finished in fifth place in the NL East in 2002, with Alomar's failures a big reason.