Top 10 Most Lopsided Sports Trades

  1. Red Sox Trade Babe Ruth to the Yankees for $100,000 Cash and a $300,000 Loan – Shortly after winning the World Series in 1918, the Sox shipped the Babe to the Yanks for mere cash. It took 86 years for the Sox to finally forget about The Babe and his infamous curse. Ruth led the Yankees to numerous titles and became arguably the greatest player ever. It’s doubtful there will ever be a trade as bad as this.
  2. Dallas Trades Herschel Walker to Minnesota for 5 players, 6 conditional draft picks and a 1992 First Round Pick – Among the players Dallas received for Herschel were Emmitt Smith, Darren Woodson, Russell Maryland and Kevin Smith. This trade singlehandedly built up the Dallas Cowboys 1990s dynasty. The Vikings still haven’t recovered totally from the disapointing Walker acquisition. Herschel only played two seasons for the Vikes before jetting for Philly.
  3. Quebec Trades Eric Lindros to Philly for Peter Forsberg, Steve Duchesne, Mike Ricci, Kerry Huffman, Ron Hextall, Chris Simon, Jocylen Thibault and $15 Million in Cash – Wow. A Lindros for Forsberg deal is unfair in hindsight. But this deal looks atrocious and perhaps should even be higher on the list. This trade led directly to the Stanley Cup win of the Avalanche in 1996. The $15 million in cash that was kicked in to make sure the deal was “fair” looks hilarious in hindsight. Its no wonder Lindros has never been a fan favourite anywhere he’s been.
  4. Celtics Trade Joe Barry Carroll and Rickey Brown to the Warriors for Kevin McHale and Robert Parish – Sure Joe Barry Carroll was the #1 overall pick and turned out to be a decent player for Golden State, but giving up two Hall of Famers for him was tragic. The Celtics dynasty was instantly solidified with this one trade, in addition to the drafting of Larry Bird a year earlier.
  5. Mets Trade Nolan Ryan and 3 others to Angels for Jim Fergosi – Jim Fergosi was never much of a player in New York, nor was he much of a manager with Philly or Toronto. Ryan was only 24 at the time the trade was made and would go on to have an outstanding career with numerous teams. Some of his best times came with the Angels in the mid 70s to boot.
  6. Vancouver Trades Cam Neely and Glen Wesley to the Bruins for Barry Pederson – Pederson would never again approach the heights he reached in Boston with the Canucks. Neely meanwhile would become a Hall of Famer and a franchise staple for the Bruins while Wesley is still applying his trade today, having recently won the Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes.
  7. Nets Trade Julius Erving to the 76ers for $3 Million Cash – Another cash deal gone bad. Owner’s quests for riches rarely turn out to be profitable when they sell off their best assets.(See: Ruth, Babe above) Erving turned out to be the best 76er ever and one of the most exciting NBA players, leading the 76ers to a championship in 1983. Nets season ticket holders actually sued the owners for making this deal.
  8. Red Sox Trade Heathcliff Slocumb to the Mariners for Jason Varitek and Derek Lowe – A rare good trade for the Red Sox, one that would help immensely 10 years down the road in winning their world championship. Slocumb turned out to be a huge bust for Seattle, who were looking for a steady closer. Lowe has been sensational at times and Varitek has been a steady a catcher as there is in the majors for many years.
  9. Orioles Trade Pete Harnisch, Steve Finley and Curt Schilling to the Astros for Glenn Davis – Schilling is one of the best pitchers of the last decade. Steve Finley is still going strong, many years after this trade. Pete Harnisch was supposed to be the best player in the trade, and might have been, had injuries and depression not sidelined him. And Glenn Davis you ask? He was demoted to the minors 2 years after this trade, never to see a major league park again.
  10. Sabres Trade Stephane Beauregard and Eric Daze to the Blackhawks for Domenic Hasek – Acquiring a two time MVP and six time Vezina winner for a backup goalie and a 3rd line player at best? That qualifies as some great dealing in my books. Now if only Hasek and Teddy Nolan didn’t despise each other, they really coulda had something special in Buffalo.

Many, many trades were close to making these list but fell just short. Some of these include the Vince Carter trade, LA’s Pedro Martinez trade, the Jeff Bagwell-Larry Anderson trade and the Kobe Bryant-Vlade Divac trade. Feel free to post any others in the Comments section.