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Remembering the worst trades ever by New York teams

June 17th, 2017 at 8:02 PM
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It’s an interesting week to ponder how perilous the world of the sports transaction can be. We celebrated â?? maybe that’s the wrong word â?? the 40th anniversary of the Tom Seaver deal this week, and Daniel Murphy (yes, I know, that wasn’t a trade) paid a visit to Queens this weekend. The Nets will not be using the No. 1 overall pick they earned across 82 horrid chapters of basketball next year.

One of these weeks, we’ll take a flip side look at the best deals our teams have ever made â?? but let’s be honest, isn’t bemoaning the awful deals more fun?

(Maybe that’s the wrong word.)


We start here because there are so many options. Seaver is the most famous, of course. Joe Foy-for-Amos Otis gets overlooked, because it was done in the wake of the ’69 miracle. And a personal fave of mine is Ken Singleton-for-Rusty Staub (mostly ignored because Rusty was such a popular Met) when you take into account the Mets only got 3 ½ years of Staub’s prime before exiling him to Detroit (for Mickey Lolich, putting that on the short list, too). Len Dykstra-for-Juan Samuel is up there, too.

Still: it will be hard for the Mets â?? for anybody â?? to top Nolan Ryan-for-Jim Fregosi. Maybe Cubs fans will argue Ernie Broglio-for-Lou Brock. It’s awfully close.


The Yankees get a lifetime pass in a lot of precincts because they pulled off the greatest heist in sports history, making Babe Ruth a Yankee. And “Seinfeld” pretty famously offered up his candidate for this category:

FRANK COSTANZA: “What the hell did you trade Jay Buhner for?! You don’t know what the hell you’re doing!”

GEORGE STEINBRENNER: “My baseball people loved Ken Phelps’ bat. They kept saying ‘Ken Phelps, Ken Phelps.’ “

Still, it’s hard to overlook a pair of trades that helped turn most of the ’80s and early ’90s into a Bronx wasteland: Fred McGriff (and two others) to Toronto for Dale Murray and Tom Dodd, and Willie McGee to St. Louis for Bob Sykes. Call it a tie.


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