Can We Have A Do-Over?

Every general manager has made a trade that they regret; some more than others. General managers in the American League West are no exception. These are the worst trades from the current AL west teams since 1972 (Rangers inaugural season).

  1. Joe Morgan, Ed Armbrister, Jack Billingham, Cesar Geronimo & Denis Menke to Cincinnati for Tommy Helms, Lee May & Jimmy Stewart

– This trade happened in 1971, and I know 1972 is my line but it happened in the offseason before the ’72 season, therefore we’re going to include it here. Contrary to a lot of these trades, Joe Morgan was already an established big league hitter when Houston traded him. He was selected to the 1966 All-Star game and was worth 27.1 bWAR in his 6 full seasons in Houston. The season prior to this trade, Houston ended up hitting the least amount of homers in the MLB so to fill that power void, the Astros traded for the slugging first baseman, Lee May. Little did the Astros know that Joe Morgan would go on to become one of 20 all time players with at least 100 bWAR over their career.

Honorable Mention

  1. Curt Schilling to Philadelphia for Jason Grimsley
  2. Ken Caminiti, Steve Finley, Andujar Cedeno, Roberto Petagine, Brian Williams & Sean Fesh to San Diego for Derek Bell, Doug Brocail, Ricky Gutierrez, Pedro Martinez, Phil Plantier & Craig Shipley
  3. Kenny Lofton & Dave Rohde to Cleveland for Willie Blair & Ed Taubensee
  4. Jim Wynn to Los Angeles (LAD) for Claude Osteen and Dave Culpepper


  1. Mike Napoli & Juan Rivera to Toronto for Vernon Wells

– Before the 2011 season, the California Anaheim Los Angeles Angels traded Mike Napoli to Toronto, who turned around 4 days later to trade him to their
division rival. Not only did Napoli absolutely crush his former team for a .356/.433/.763 slash in ‘11 but the Angels had to pay Vernon Wells. As a Rangers fan, this is the trade that keeps on giving. The Angels are still feeling the effects of this trade, as they will pay Vernon Wells $18.6 million in the 2014 season even though he’ll be wearing pinstripes. Over Wells’ two seasons with Anaheim, he accumulated 0.1 bWAR, while Napoli was a strike away from being the World Series MVP in his first season with Texas.

Honorable Mention

  1. Jean Segura, Ariel Pena & Johnny Hellweg to Milwaukee for Zack Grienke
  2. Carney Lansford, Mark Clear & Rick Miller to Boston for Rick Burleson & Butch Hobson
  3. Devon White, Willie Fraser & Marcus Moore to Toronto for Junior Felix, Luis Sojo & Ken Rivers
  4. Phil Nevin & Keith Volkman to San Diego for Gus Kennedy & Andy Sheets


  1. Carlos Gonzalez, Greg Smith & Huston Street to Colorado for Matt Holliday

– As good as Billy Beane has been throughout his career as the Oakland GM, he really blew this one. This trade took place in the offseason before the 2009 season and within one year, it was evident who lost the trade. Don’t get me wrong, Matt Holliday would’ve been a great asset had he played a lot more than the 93 games he played for Oakland. Beane later traded Matt Holliday to St. Louis in a deal headlined by prized prospect, Brett Wallace who has turned out to be somewhat of a bust.

Honorable Mention

  1. Matt Holliday to St. Louis for Clayton Morenson, Shane Peterson & Brett Wallace
  2. Mark McGwire to St. Louis for Eric Ludwick, TJ Mathews & Blake Stein
  3. Andre Ethier to Los Angeles for Milton Bradley & Antonio Perez
  4. Nelson Cruz & Justin Lehr to Milwaukee for Keith Ginger


  1. David Ortiz to Minnesota for Dave Hollins

– David Ortiz was signed by the Seattle Mariners as an undrafted free agent in 1992. In late August of ‘96, Seattle traded a player to be named later for the Twins’ third baseman, Dave Hollins. Two weeks later, the Mariners sent David Ortiz as the player to be named later to complete the trade. Yep, David Ortiz was a player to be named later. The 1996 contending Seattle Mariners had 9 guys play at least 1 inning at third base so to give a bit of stability to the position, they traded David Ortiz to Minnesota for 28 games of Dave Hollins. Hollins was not enough as the Mariners ended the season 2.5 games behind the Baltimore Orioles for the AL wild card.

Honorable Mention

  1. Jason Varitek & Derek Lowe to Boston for Heathcliff Slocumb
  2. Adam Jones, Chris Tillman, Tony Butler, George Sherrill & Kameron Mickolio to Baltimore for Erik Bedard
  3. Shin Soo Choo & Shawn Nottingham to Cleveland for Ben Broussard
  4. Omar Vizquel to Cleveland for Felix Fermin, Reggie Jefferson & cash


  1. Adrian Gonzalez, Terrmel Sledge & Chris Young to San Diego for Akinori Otsuka, Adam Eaton & Billy Killian

– Adrian Gonzalez did not have a pristine start to his career with Texas in ’04 & ‘05. In his 59 games with the Rangers, he had a slash line of .229/.272/.401 but the highly regarded prospect was still viewed as a big commodity. His power was slow to develop and the Rangers wrongly guessed that it never would. Adrian Gonzalez has turned out to be a 4 time All Star, putting up outstanding numbers in the hitter’s death trap that is Petco Park in San Diego. “We didn’t obviously project him to be the superstar that he’s become” Jon Daniels on Adrian Gonzalez to WEEI’s Alex Speier in 2011.

Honorable Mention

  1. Sammy Sosa, Wilson Alvarez & Scott Fletcher to Chicago (CWS) for Harold Baines & Fred Manrique
  2. Ron Darling & Walt Terrell to New York (NYM) for Lee Mazzilli
  3. Travis Hafner & Aaron Myette to Cleveland for Einar Diaz & Ryan Drese
  4. Chris Davis & Tommy Hunter to Baltimore for Koji Uehara
Chris Morgan

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