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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. 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.
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.