The fans' Top 5 worst trades in MLB history
1. Red Sox sell Babe Ruth to the Yankees (1920)
We agree this deal had as big an impact on the sport as any, but we saw it as a sale. The fans have spoken, though, and it was the No. 1 pick. Considered by many the greatest player ever, the Red Sox sold The Babe for $100,000 to help finance a Broadway play called No, No, Nanette. Ruth finished his career with 714 homers and 2,217 RBI. Not to mention, the move started the Curse of the Bambino, which didn't end until 2004.
2. Cubs trade Lou Brock to Cardinals (1964)
More players were involved, but the Cubs essentially traded Lou Brock for Ernie Broglio. At the time, things looked good for the Cubs. Broglio had won 18 games the previous season, but after Brock joined the Cards, he hit .348 and stole 34 bases, leading them to a World Series victory. Brock became a two-time World Series champ, and was one of the best base-stealers of all time. Broglio would go on to win only 7 games for the Cubs.
3. Mets trade Nolan Ryan to Angels (1971)
On Dec. 10, 1971, Nolan Ryan, Don Rose, Francisco Estrada and Leroy Stanton were traded to the Angels for shortstop Jim Fregosi. Fregosi had been an All-Star in six of seven seasons between 1964 and 1970, but he was past his prime, played fewer than 150 games for the Mets, and never had a good season again. Ryan, meanwhile, finished his career with 324 wins, a 3.19 ERA, seven no-hitters and is the all-time strikeouts leader with 5,714.
4. Reds trade Frank Robinson to Orioles (1965)
The Reds traded what they thought was a past-his-prime Frank Robinson to the Orioles for Milt Pappas, Jack Baldschun and Dick Simpson. In Robinson's first year, he won the Triple Crown and was the World Series and regular season AL MVP. He won another World Series in 1970 and was a six-time All-Star for the O's. Meanwhile, after a couple of mediocre years, the Reds traded Pappas, the cornerstone of the deal.
5. Expos trade Pedro Martinez to Red Sox (1997)
Many think the Dodgers' trading Pedro to the Expos for Delino DeShields was worse, but the Dodgers only had one full season to go by. Montreal traded Pedro for Carl Pavano and Tony Armas, Jr. after he posted a 1.90 ERA, 305 Ks and a 17-8 record in 1997. Pedro continued to dominate with the Sox and helped break the Curse of the Bambino. Pavano had a couple of solid years, but wasn't an All-Star until joining Florida.