Each trade deadline produces several players that wind up being only two-month rental players.
The team that traded the player knows it won’t be able to re-sign him so they attempt to get at least something in return. Meanwhile, the team that acquires the player may not be able to re-sign him during the offseason, and thus simply rents that player for the stretch run.
Sometimes, the rental players work out perfectly in getting their new team to the postseason. However, sometimes trades for rental players come back to haunt a team, especially if a top prospect is traded.
In lieu of the Carlos Beltran (a likely two-month rental) for Zack Wheeler (a highly-touted prospect with a ton of upside) trade, here are the five most disastrous trades for short-term rentals.
Note: Obviously, it’s way too early to deem the Beltran deal a disaster. However, this is the mold of a deal that can wind up being disastrous, especially since Beltran will test the waters of free agency this offseason.