MLB Trade Deadline: The Last 3 GMs You'd Want Making Deals for Your Team
Every general manager in Major League Baseball has found some level of success in the trading market.
Otherwise, they wouldn't hold their current positions.
However, there have been a few general managers who, in addition to making trades that bolstered their clubs, also turned in some head scratchers.
These blunders have forced fans of those respective teams to grow hesitant around this time of year, and who can blame them?
Let's take a look at the last three general managers you'd want making deals for your team.
Jim Hendry, Chicago Cubs
In 2002, Jim Hendry dealt pitchers Julian Tavares and Dontrelle Willis to the Florida Marlins in exchange for pitchers Matt Clement and Antonio Alfonseca.
Dontrelle Willis, of course, went on to win 2003 National League Rookie of the Year honors.
Antonio Alfonseca would pitch just two seasons for the Cubs, posting ERA's of 4.00 and 5.83 in 2002 and 2003, respectively.
While Matt Clement was a three-year starter for the Cubs en route to amassing 35 wins, his level of play never reached close to the dominance that Dontrelle Willis displayed during those years in the mid-2000's.
On his way to another blunder, Hendry selected outfielder Josh Hamilton with the third pick in the 2006 Rule 5 Draft.
He would later ship Hamilton to Cincinnati in exchange for cash considerations.
Hamilton would go on to become a four-time All-Star and the 2010 American League MVP.
Ned Colletti, Los Angeles Dodgers
For all the turmoil going on in Dodgers land right now, you'd think their general manager would be able to provide them with some stability.
Over Ned Colletti's six years as the Dodgers general manager, he's made some truly questionable trades.
One of his worst trades was the deal involving outfielder Cody Ross.
In April of 2006, Colletti dealt Ross to the Cincinnati Reds for a player to be named later.
Ross would go on to become an everyday big league outfielder, never hitting less than 11 home runs in five full major league seasons since the trade. He'd also be named the 2010 NLCS MVP.
Ed Wade, Houston Astros
Widely regarded as one of the worst general managers in the game, Ed Wade's Houston Astros haven't done much on the field to prove otherwise.
Not to mention, his handling of the Roy Oswalt sweepstakes last July was awful.
Wade could have demanded and received much better talent than he did from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for his ace pitcher. The big name coming back to Houston in that deal was J.A. Happ.
Happ went 5-4 with a 3.75 ERA in 2010 for Houston, and has posted an underwhelming 4-11 record to go along with a 5.88 ERA in 2011.
As Wade looks to gut his major league roster in exchange for young talent, the echoes evoked from last July's Roy Oswalt trade land him at number one on this list.
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