Worst trade of all time?
I keep hearing from Mets fans how the Victor Zambrano-Bartolome Fortunato/Scott Kazmir trade is the "worst trade of all time." Now mind you, that was a terrible trade and everyone except Jim Duquette seemed to know it even at that time. However it wasn't even the worst trade of that year.
GM Brian Sabean of the San Francisco Giants is responsible for a bigger disaster.
In order to get one year of "production" (.272/.319/.410, 85 OPS+) out of A.J. Pierzynski before waiving him after the season, the Giants handed the Twins Joe Nathan, their setup man who had a 145 ERA+, 2.96 ERA, 83/33 K/BB ratio, and 1.063 WHIP and two of their top prospects.
Siince that deal, Nathan has put up ERA+ of 292(!) in 2004 and 163 in 2005 with 44 and 43 saves respectively and he's got 15 saves with a 1.80 ERA and 0.8 WHIP already this season.
As if that part of it isn't lopsided enough, the prospects the Twins received were Boof Bonser, who is now, as a rookie, the Twins 5th starter, and Francisco Liriano, another rookie starter who may just be the bezt your pitcher in baseball. He may even surpass his rotation mate and fellow lefty Johan Santana. So far this year he's 9-1 with a 1.99 ERA, and a 94/20 K/BB ratio in 81.1 innings pitched.
Mets fans can bitch about Kazmir all they like, but a deal; doesn't get any more one sided than that.
posted by Mr. Faded Glory @ 1:00 PM