There are so many trade deals and trade rumors going around it almost blocks out the Kardashain-esque drama that keeps coming from Dwight Howard. I know players in the MLB get traded fairly often (if you need an example look up, from 1999 to 2012 he has been on 13 different teams). Who would think that Cliff Lee, the other left hand of god behind Sandy Koufax, would be on the trading block after just little over half a season with and ERA almsot 4 and only 1 win this year while getting payed $21 mill this year alone?
They have solid enough pitching with Halladay, Hamels, and Paplebon in the pen that maybe they should think of trading the overpayed Lee for either some offense or some prospect because the Phillies are aging they only have 2 everyday position players that are younger than 30 years old (Hunter Pence 29 and Freddy Galvis 22). Maybe if they can afford it, why not ship Cliff Lee to the Kansas City Royals for some of those young prospects that other organizations are drooling over?
What if Kansas City traded for Lee giving Philly 2 of the highest touted prospects in the MLB right now in LHP Mike Montgomery and OF Wil Myers? This would be beneficial for both sides of the trade. The Phillies would be getting good young players that could be the stars of the future in a position player in Wil Myers the best hitting prospect right now and LHP Montgomery who is supposed to be pretty good. The Royals would be getting a Cy Young caliber player that could give the Royals atleast one day out of five of solid pitching something they haven’t had since Zack Greinke pitched there while the other pitching prospects in the organization like Danny Duffy, Jake Odorizzi, Will Smith, and Ryan Verdugo develop and he could also help them out and teach them things too. This is a trade that would be a win win situation for both teams
In honor of the trade deadline here is some memorable odd ball trades:
The Cleveland Indians recieved SS Omar Viquel while the Seattle Mariners received a 24 year old Reggie Jackson.. we can see that the Indians won that deal with one of the best ever defensive Shortstops ever for really nothing.
The Pirates send the Blue Jays OF/3B Jose Bautista for C Robinzon Diaz…. all Bautista did is hit 147 HRs in these 4 short years since joining the Blue Jays
Mariners send the Orioles OF Adam Jones for SP Erik Bedard… Adam Jones is one of the most dominant young offensive players in the game so jokes on you Seattle
The Athletics trade away OF Carlos Gonzalez and RHP Huston Street to the Rockies for Matt Holliday.. Matt Holliday didnt even last a season in Oak Town and CarGo has made himself and established young player on a horrible Colorado Rockies team.
April 7, 2006
The Reds trade away RP Jeff Stevens to the Indians for 2B Brandon Phillips,, yes a trade like this happened
Janurary 10, 1991
Orioles Trade away SP Curt Schilling, OF Steve FInley, and SP Pete Harnisch to the Astros for 1B Glenn Davis.. Davis went on to be terrible while Schilling went on to have a HOF career nicely done Orioles.
July 31, 1997
The Athletics trade away RP T.J. Mathews, SP Eric Ludwick, SP Blake Stein to the Cardinals for Mark MCGwire… say what you say about steroids if Oakland had kept him maybe they could afford a new stadium by now.
July 23, 2003
The Pirates traded away OF Kenny Lofton and 3B Aramis Ramirez to the Cubs for SS Jose Hernandez, 2B Bobby Hill, SP Matt Bruback.. Aramis went on to be one of the best 3rd basemen of the 2000s and i have never heard of Matt Bruback before.
November 11, 1998
The Reds trade away 1B Paul Konerko to the Reds for OF Mike Cameron… both were good player but maybe the combination of Konerko and Griffey would maybe help the Reds make the playoffs during those down years.
November 19, 1993
The LA Dodgers traded away Pedro Martinez to the Expos for 2B Delino DeShields.. I have a Delino DeShields rookie card its worth so little when i took it to a card shop to get sold i lost money on it.
June 27, 2002
The Montreal Expos traded away OF Grady Sizemore, 2B Brandon Phillips, and SP Cliff Lee to the Indians for SP Bartolon Colon… with those 3 players the Expos would have stayed in Montreal not moved to the city with the largest B.S in the world.. Washington D.C.
March 30, 1992
The White Sox trade away Sammy Sosa to the Cubs for OF George Bell…. the Cubs should have won that game against the Marlins.