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 Matt
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