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20 Worst Trades In MLB History


2.  Kenny Lofton

Astros Trade Kenny Lofton To Indians For Ed Taubensee (1991)

Lofton was the premier leadoff hitter in baseball for Cleveland and Atlanta in the 1990’s. He often described himself as a perfectionist:  “I love cleaning. I clean up, wash dishes, and make a good bed. I’m pretty neat. I’m a perfectionist. People come to my house and they’re like, ‘Man, do you actually live here?‘”

He was a six-time All-Star (1994–1999), four-time Gold Glove Award winner (1993–1996), and at the time of his retirement, was ranked fifteenth among all-time stolen base leaders with 622. Lofton also broke Rickey Henderson’s record of 33 career post-season stolen bases during the 2007 post-season.

About the Astros trade, he had this to say: “I know they gave up on me and now I’m glad they did. One man’s trash is another man’s treasureEd Taubensee was, at best, an average backup catcher and he played less than three full seasons with the Astros posting wholly uninspiring numbers.

He was known as The Model because of the way he strutted his stuff on the runway when the Astros unveiled their new uniforms in 1994. I’m pretty sure Houston is still regretting this trade.

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