The 10 Best/Worst Trades in Baseball History

Sam FogelgarenCorrespondent IJuly 15, 2009

The 10 Best/Worst Trades in Baseball History

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    11 Mar 1998:  Pitcher Heathcliff Slocumb of the Seattle Mariners in action during a spring training game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at the Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria, Arizona. Mandatory Credit: Jed Jacobsohn  /Allsport

10. Oakland Athletics trade first baseman Mark McGwire to the St. Louis Cardinals for pitchers T.J. Matthews, Blake Stein, and Eric Ludwick.

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    9 Apr 2000: Mark McGwire #25 of the St. Louis Cardinals swings at the pitch during the game against the Milwaukee Brweers at the Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. The Cardinals defeated the Brewers 11-2. Mandatory Credit: Elsa Hasch  /Allsport

9. New York Mets trade pitcher Scott Kazmir and infielder Jose Diaz to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for Bartolome Fortunato and Victor Zambrano.

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8. New York Mets trade pitchers Nolan Ryan, Don Rose, catcher Frank Estrada, and outfielder Leroy Stanton to the California Angels for shortstop Jim Fregosi.

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7. The Baltimore Orioles trade pitchers Curt Schilling, Pete Harnisch and outfielder Steve Finley to the Houston Astros for First Baseman Glenn Davis.

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6. The San Francisco Giants trade pitchers Joe Nathan, Francisco Liriano, and Boof Bonser to Twins for A.J. Pierzynski

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    MINNEAPOLIS, MN - APRIL 2: Joe Nathan #36 of the Minnesota Twins pitches the ninth inning, earning a save for the Minnesota Twins in their home opener against the Baltimore Orioles on April 2, 2007 at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Sco

5. Montreal Expos trade Randy Johnson, Brian Holman and Gene Harris to the Seattle Mariners for Mark Langston and Mike Campbell.

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    8 Jun 1998:  Randy Johnson #51 of the Seattle Mariners in action during a game against the San Francisco Giants at 3 Com Park in San Francisco, California. The Giants defeated the Mariners 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Otto Greule Jr.  /Allsport

4. Boston Red Sox trade Jeff Bagwell to the Houston Astros for Larry Andersen

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    ST. LOUIS - OCTOBER 20:  Jeff Bagwell #5 of the Houston Astros hits a single to bring in the game-tying run in the ninth inning of Game 6 of the National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals during the 2004 Major League Baseball Play

3. Philadelphia Phillies trade Larry Bowa and Ryne Sandberg to the Chicago Cubs for Ivan DeJesus.

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    CHICAGO - JULY 5:  Ryne Sandberg #23 of the Chicago Cubs bats during the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Wrigley Field on July 5, 1996 in Chicago, Illinois. The Reds defeated the Cubs 3-0.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

2. Detroit Tigers trade John Smoltz to the Atlanta Braves for Doyle Alexander.

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    SAN FRANCISCO - APRIL 9:  John Smoltz #29 of the Atlanta Braves pitches against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on April 9, 2006 in San Francisco, California. The Giants defeated the Braves 6-5.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

1. Seattle Mariners trade Derek Lowe and Jason Varitek for Heathcliff Slocumb

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    BOSTON - JULY 07:  Jason Varitek #33 of the Boston Red Sox hits a 2 RBI single in the third inning against the Oakland Athletics on July 7, 2009 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Last Slide (I couldn't think of anything better to call it)

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    NASHVILLE, TN - JANUARY 10:  Quarterback Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens throws the ball in the second half against the Tennessee Titans during the AFC Divisional Playoff Game on January 10, 2009 at LP Field in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Andy

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