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Remembering a dumb trade

Postby CadensDad » Sat Feb 02, 2008 1:20 pm



Now that the Johan Santana deal is done with the Mets, for a whopping $150 million over seven outrageous years, how does this affect the Marlins?

Obviously, they could wind up seeing the best lefty in the game five or six times a year, which can't be good. It strengthens the Mets significantly in the short term as they try to end a championship drought that has stretched into its third decade.

And, of course, it's another jab in the eye for Marlins fans who remember all too well that they had Santana for about 15 minutes on Dec. 13, 1999. That's when the Fish selected an obscure Class A lefty from the Astros organization in the Rule 5 draft, then turned around and traded him to the Twins for hard-throwing young reliever Jared Camp and a five-figure sum.

Worst trade in franchise history? Absolutely.

Now, 93 wins and two Cy Youngs later, Santana is back in the National League East. This time for good.

Are we looking at a new Mets dynasty? Or will this thing blow up in their faces as they enter the last season at decrepit Shea Stadium?


Ahh the Marlins and the one that got away
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Re: Remembering a dumb trade

Postby Tavish » Sat Feb 02, 2008 1:30 pm

If you go back another step, the Astros could have kept Santana simply by putting him on their ML roster for 2000. They couldn't find a spot for him over the likes of Jose Lima, Chris Holt, Brian Powell, Marc Valdes, Jose Cabrera (their Opening Day starting rotation) or even slip into a bullpen spot. By the end of 2000 that would have been one sick bullpen with Santana, Linebrink, Wagner, and Dotel.
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Re: Remembering a dumb trade

Postby LiveForever » Sat Feb 02, 2008 1:48 pm

This game can be played with one-out-of-five major league stars.
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Re: Remembering a dumb trade

Postby RyanK » Sat Feb 02, 2008 2:17 pm

LiveForever wrote:This game can be played with one-out-of-five major league stars.


yeah, santana was an OF who got turned into a pitcher because of his arm speed, so he had some rough building years..


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Re: Remembering a dumb trade

Postby AcidRock23 » Sat Feb 02, 2008 2:30 pm

Ernie Broglio? 20 Game winner, what a potential asset, all you need to deal is your Corey Patterson-esque OF w/ speed and some pop but no discipline....

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Re: Remembering a dumb trade

Postby bigken117 » Sat Feb 02, 2008 2:35 pm

Larry Andersen anyone?
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Re: Remembering a dumb trade

Postby RocketsDWM » Sat Feb 02, 2008 3:19 pm

Slocumb traded to the Mariners for Derek Lowe and Jason Varitek?

The Andersen trade was not as bad. Larry helped us that year although it would have been nice to have Bagwell.
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Re: Remembering a dumb trade

Postby Sticky Spice » Sat Feb 02, 2008 3:20 pm

I always think of Abreu for Stocker. Is that right?

And of course as a Mariners fan I think of Slocumb :-P
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Re: Remembering a dumb trade

Postby Grounded Polo » Sat Feb 02, 2008 3:35 pm

I don't look forward to seeing how much worse Kazmir for Victor Zambrano looks as Kazmir develops. That one can definitely end up in the elite ranks of horrible trades. :~(
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Re: Remembering a dumb trade

Postby The Artful Dodger » Sat Feb 02, 2008 3:44 pm

Two words that only die-hard Dodger fans will remember and cringe:

DeLino DeShields. :-P

We should've sent away Ramon Martinez instead. :~(
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