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20 Worst Trades In MLB History


Sometimes a trade backfires on an organization. And other times, a bad trade can set a franchise back 5 years. There have been hundreds of terrible, one-side trades over the years in Major League Baseball, but these are the 20 that baseball fans won’t soon forget.

1.  Derrek Lee

Marlins Trade Derrek Lee To Cubs For Hee-Seop Choi (2003)

I’ll never forget this trade and laughing at the Marlins because I saw Choi play regularly at AAA Iowa. Choi was a young power hitting lefty but it was clear he was a Quad-A player at best. Lee, on the other hand, well… yeah, he was good. Real good.

Lee was a World Series Champion with Florida in 2003, and he won the National League batting title in 2005. He was also a two-time All-Star selection, and won the Gold Glove Award three times. On the other hand Hee-Seop Choi played in 80 games in the 2003 season, hitting .218 with eight home runs and 28 RBI.

On June 7, 2003 he suffered a very nasty concussion following a collision with teammate pitcher Kerry Wood, went on the disabled list, and never reclaimed his starting role.

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