With the trade deadline fast approaching, it made me wonder—what are the worst trade deadline deals over the last 25 years?
Most fans can recall the best deals made at the deadline, like Cliff Lee to the Texas Rangers last year, but few can recall the worst deals unless their favorite team was on the wrong end of the deal.
If a trade is good or great, you know it right away. The bad trades sometimes can take years to see just how bad they were, especially if there were young players involved in the trade.
Here are what I think are the 20 worst trade deadline deals since 1986 (the last 25 years).
Most of the trades are considered bad because one team gave up a future Hall of Famer or a player that went on to greatness with their new team(s) while it got basically nothing in return.