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The Cleveland Indians made like thieves with Mariner prospects in 2006.
The year 2006 was a strange one for the AL West. On July 26, the day this trade was executed, the Seattle Mariners were in last place, yet only three games out.
It made sense to acquire a veteran bat to make a run at a wide-open division.
Except Seattle went out and got Ben Broussard, a 29-year-old 1B/OF who had never hit above .275 for a full season.
At the time, Seattle already had Richie Sexson at first, and Ichiro and Ibañez taking up corner outfield spots.
They had also just traded for one Ceveland .270-career hitting-1B/OF-who-was-flukily-hitting-above-.300-for-the-first-half (Eduardo Perez), and he was doing terribly.
The team apparently didn't learn its lesson.
Broussard hit .238 for the rest of the year, and the Mariners remained in the cellar. The next year, Broussard hit (surprise) .275.
The worst part of the deal was that Broussard was hitting .321 in the first half, making him quite expensive. The Mariners had to pony up and part with two prospects.
One of those prospects was Shin-Soo Choo, who has hit .294 or better each of his five seasons in Cleveland. He is coming off two consecutive 20/20 seasons.
With Seattle's current outfield woes, the Choo deal looks pretty terrible in retrospect.