Originally posted on Midwest Sports Fans  |  Last updated 7/28/13
The danger in acquiring a player close to the MLB trade deadline is always the unknown potential that a contender might be giving up. There are many occasions where the prospect may not pan out, but there have also been plenty of examples to cite the opposite. Here’s a look at that list, and the top 10 trades that MLB teams wish they probably hadn’t made at the trade deadline. 10. Oakland A’s send Mark McGwire to the St. Louis Cardinals for Eric Ludwick, T.J. Mathews and Blake Stein – July 31, 1997 Neither Oakland nor St. Louis was in playoff contention in 1997, but the Athletics determined they would not be able to afford McGwire after the season and wanted something in return for the slugger. St. Louis got 24 home runs from McGwire over August and September, then 70 home runs in 1998. As for Ludwick, Mathews and Stein? Mediocre pitching for the A’s over the next few seasons. 9. Pittsburgh Pirates send Aramis Ramirez, Kenny Lofton and cash considerations to the Chicago Cubs for M...
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Joakim Noah: 'We didn’t lose all those games because of Phil Jackson'

Most surprising remaining NFL free agents

This is what makes Damian Lillard the 15th best player in the NBA

Leonard Fournette 'confident' he'll play in Week 1

Why wouldn’t you sell Philippe Coutinho for £114 million?

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Cardinals, feral cat non-profit at odds over future of Rally Cat

Joe Girardi declines to commit to Aroldis Chapman as Yankee closer

Blair Walsh explains why he taunted Vikings players

Cardinals' championship window isn't quite closed

Max Scherzer scratched from start with neck issue

Michael Beasley tired of not being respected

Sports & Politics Intersect: Echoes of Charlottesville ripple across the sports world

Best of Yardbarker: NFL goes in on Ezekiel Elliott, NFLPA

BIG3 Playoff Preview: Can anyone stop Trilogy?

The 'Bye bye to the Beast Incarnate?' quiz

Why the SEC is not the best football conference anymore

Box Score 8/18: Reds and Cubs claw through a 23-run game

The 'M! E! S! S! Mess! Mess! Mess!' quiz

Three Up, Three Down: Giancarlo Stanton won't stop hitting homers

NFL shifts blame for Zeke suspension to police and NFLPA

Box Score 8/17: Interleague games bring the fireworks

The 'Forget Calvin, bring back Jerry' quiz

The top 20 left-handed pitchers of all-time

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Sports & Politics Intersect: Echoes of Charlottesville ripple across the sports world

BIG3 Playoff Preview: Can anyone stop Trilogy?

The 'Bye bye to the Beast Incarnate?' quiz

Why the SEC is not the best football conference anymore

The 'M! E! S! S! Mess! Mess! Mess!' quiz

Three Up, Three Down: Giancarlo Stanton won't stop hitting homers

NFL shifts blame for Zeke suspension to police and NFLPA

The 'Forget Calvin, bring back Jerry' quiz

BIG3 Referee Hotline Bling: Charles Oakley slams the phone — and his opponents — down

The '27 up, 27 down' quiz

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker