Originally written August 27, 2012 on The Outside Corner:
By now, the dust has settled on the Red Sox shedding $260 million worth of contracts, and everyone is getting settled in to their new teams. Based on the total amount of money involved and the track records of the players involved, this trade could end up going down as one of the most significant in MLB history. But there have been some monumental trades throughout the years. Here are ten huge ones. Keep in mind that I'm trying to look at the deal from both sides as opposed to just "superstar traded for prospects who don't pan out". I'm trying to think of trades that had an impact beyond the field, and were thought of as game-changers. May 14, 1998: Dodgers trade Mike Piazza and Todd Zeile to Marlins for Manny Barrios, Gary Sheffield, Bobby Bonilla, Jim Eisenreich, and Charles Johnson. This deal was important for two reasons: first, it was the Dodgers dealing one of the best all-around hitters in baseball, just entering his prime, because they didn't think...
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