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5 Weirdest Trades in Baseball History

Joe IannelloAnalyst IIIJanuary 11, 2017

5 Weirdest Trades in Baseball History

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    During the course of a 162-game season, it's not uncommon for an announcer to say, "Every year I see something that I haven't seen before."

    An extraordinary play, a ridiculous gaffe or even an incredibly stupid mistake are all things that make baseball great.

    The 2011 season is over, and now it is time for GM's across MLB to start wheeling and dealing. What tweaks can be made to make your team a title contender? Who would your team have to give up?

    Things were not always that simple as we have seen some absolutely ridiculous trades throughout baseball.

    Here are the five weirdest trades in baseball history.

Cy Young for a Suit

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    Denton True "Cy" Young is one of the greatest pitchers of all time. After he passed away, the Cy Young Award was created to honor the best pitcher in each league.

    Young had 511 career wins, (94 more than his closest competitor, Walter Johnson) but that didn't stop Young from being traded to Cleveland for a new suit and $250.

    I hope it was a nice suit and it was worn more than once.

Wizard of "Oz"zie Sent to Miami

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    The man who led the Chicago White Sox to the 2005 World Series was granted his request to be released and is now the manager of the Miami Marlins. The Marlins will in return send two minor league players to Chicago to complete the deal.

    Wacky, weird, strange and crazy. Yep, all those words fit here.

Same Day, Different Dugout

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    There is no other word that can be said about this trade than awesome. Way back in 1922, the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs were playing a doubleheader.

    After the first game, Max Flack was traded to the Cardinals for Cliff Heathcote. Both teams were apparently fed up with their own outfielders (both were hitless in the first game) and they made the agreement to trade before the second game.

    If you were wondering, Flack went 1-for-4 with his new team and Heathcote went 2-for-4 for the Cubs. See, a change of scenery can be a good thing.

Dickie Noles Traded For....Himself?

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    In 1987, Dickie Noles was traded from the Chicago Cubs to the Detroit Tigers for a Player to be Named Later. That player turned out to be none other than Dickie Noles.

    When the teams spoke months later about which player should be traded, the deal was subsequently void and Noles was traded back to the Cubs.

    Seems like a pretty even deal to me.

Sweet Lou Piniella Is Traded to the Rays

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    Look at that stare. If that doesn't strike fear into you, then I don't know what does. Lou Piniella was allowed to become the new manager of the Tampa Bay (Devil) Rays after the 2002 season by the Seattle Mariners.

    The Mariners received Randy Winn in return for the legendary manager. Player for manager trades do not go down very often, but I wouldn't say no to Lou Piniella, either. 

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