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    The Greatest Baseball Trade of All Time?

    As I sit here trying to think of what might have been the best baseball trade ever, value for value, benefiting both teams involved, the one I keep coming back to is in 1990 when the Toronto Blue Jays sent Fred McGriff and Tony Fernandez to the San Diego Padres for Joe Carter and Roberto Alomar. 4 all-stars changed teams in this deal. One Hall of Famer (Alomar) and one guy who arguably should be in the Hall of Fame (McGriff). Joe Carter would go on to hit the most important homerun in Blue Jay history. Value for value, I don't think either team could argue about the production they received from the players they acquired.

    Is there any other trade in the history of the game that comes close to being as big a deal for the teams involved than this one?
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    The Boston-LA trade kind of changed courses for both teams to the point where both teams went deep in the postseason, and in Boston's case won it obviously.
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    Re: The Greatest Baseball Trade of All Time?

    Rick Sutcliffe from Indians to Cubs for Joe Carter in 1984. Sutcliffe, lead Cubs to the playoffs, won Cy Young and was anchor of staff for years. Carter became Indians best player, leading them to many playoff years.
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    Re: The Greatest Baseball Trade of All Time?

    Joe carter never led indians to any playoffs.

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    Re: The Greatest Baseball Trade of All Time?

    Good one to think about. That one you cite is going to be really, really hard to beat. I can't recall anything close right now.
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    Bruce Sutter from the Cubs to Cards for Leon Durham; Ken Rietz and Ty Waller also went to Chicago in the deal, but were not factors.
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    Re: The Greatest Baseball Trade of All Time?

    Morgan to the Reds

    Speaker to the Indians

    Jackson to the CWS

    Smith to the Cards


    All resulted in World Series wins

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    angel bravo for Al Ferrera

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    Re: The Greatest Baseball Trade of All Time?

    Dick Allen from the Dodgers to Chisox for Tommy John.
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    Re: The Greatest Baseball Trade of All Time?

    Does Austin Kearns and Felipe Lopez for Gary Majewski, Bill Bray, Royce Clayton, and Brendan Harris crack the top 10? :O) I kid.

    Seriously though, the Morgan trade should be way up there.
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    Re: The Greatest Baseball Trade of All Time?

    Rafael Landestoy for Harry Spilman

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    Re: The Greatest Baseball Trade of All Time?

    Quote Originally Posted by _Sir_Charles_ View Post

    Seriously though, the Morgan trade should be way up there.
    I think the Morgan trade is the only one mentioned so far that I'd consider close to the Alomar/Carter for McGriff/Fernandez deal.
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    Re: The Greatest Baseball Trade of All Time?

    Quote Originally Posted by savafan View Post
    I think the Morgan trade is the only one mentioned so far that I'd consider close to the Alomar/Carter for McGriff/Fernandez deal.
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    Re: The Greatest Baseball Trade of All Time?

    Quote Originally Posted by savafan View Post
    I think the Morgan trade is the only one mentioned so far that I'd consider close to the Alomar/Carter for McGriff/Fernandez deal.
    I disagree.

    The Astros really didn't benefit all that much from an aging Lee May and Tommy Helms. I would say my Dick Allen/Tommy John choice is better. John went on to have what many believe to have a HOF career with the Dodgers and Allen won the MVP in 72' with the Chisox.
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    Re: The Greatest Baseball Trade of All Time?

    Quote Originally Posted by George Anderson View Post
    I disagree.

    The Astros really didn't benefit all that much from an aging Lee May and Tommy Helms. I would say my Dick Allen/Tommy John choice is better. John went on to have what many believe to have a HOF career with the Dodgers and Allen won the MVP in 72' with the Chisox.
    Spot-on.

    Also, Regarding my previous post, Sutter helped the Cards win the World Series in '82, while Durham was a solid first baseman for many years, who played an intregal role for the '84 N.L east champs. If that's not win-win/value-value, I don't know what is.

    I'd rate the Allen/John swap the highest, though, by a landslide.
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