WSCR overnight host Les Grobstein proposed this question the other night, and I thought it would be a fun one to tackle. Why stop at one though? I like a lot of different sports, so I am going to do one from each sport I like. You can too!
It doesn’t have to be the worst trade your favorite team ever made. It doesn’t even have to be in the top 5, really. Just one you would like to have back for whatever reason you see fit!
Baseball: I am a Cubs fan, and as such, there have been many horrible trades over the years. Getting rid of Lee Smith for Calvin Schiraldi and Al Nipper was pretty bad. I also really like Lee Smith. It would also mean they wouldn’t have had to trade away Rafael Palmeiro to acquire Mitch Williams in 1989. Could you have imagined a lineup of Grace, Dawson, and Palmeiro. That might have been enough to beat San Francisco.
Football: This is a tough one, because in recent history, there have been two really bad ones, both by then GM Jerry Angelo. First he traded Thomas Jones for a 2rd round pick after having drafted Cedric Benson. Then he traded Greg Olsen for a 3rd round pick to the Carolina Panthers. Greg is only one of the best tight ends in the league, and will probably be in the super bowl this year. The kicker: Jay Cutler was just getting a real nice rapport with him. Olsen put up over 100 yards and scored two TDs vs the Seahakws in Cutler’s only playoff win. Olsen was promptly traded because he didn’t “fit the system” Mike Martz was running. Thomas Jones would go on to have arguably his best two seasons with the New York Jets. It’s a tie, but since Olsen is still playing, I’ll go with that.
Basketball: The Bulls have made some good trades (Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Horace Grant, to name a few) and they have made some not so good ones. One of the worst ones was trading Elton Brand away to the LA Clippers. They did draft Tyson Chandler with the pick. Then they went on a few years later to trade Chandler away then draft Tyrus Thomas–who was a very poor man’s Tyston Chandler. I’m not sure he’s in the league anymore. If Tom Thibodeau would have had Chandler, they might not have had to sign Boozer, and things would have been totally different.
Hockey: The Blackhawks did some crazy things under former owner, Bill Wirtz’ rein. He routinely dismantled teams because he didn’t want to pay his players if they won a championship. I’m not making this up. It really pissed me off when he traded away Steve Larmer and Jeremy Roenick, but the most devastating and unscrupulous deal was when they shipped off Ed Belfour. The kicker: They traded away Dominik Hasek a few years before.
So that’s what I’ve got. How about you? Is there a trade your favorite team made, that you would like a do-over on? Feel free to tell me about it in the comments down below.