St. Louis Cardinals: Ranking the 10 best trades in the last 20 years
1. July 31, 1997: The McGwire robbery
Cardinals Receive: Mark McGwire
Athletics Receive: Eric Ludwick, T.J. Matthews, and Blake Stein
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All biases and thoughts on steroids aside, looking at this trade from a purely baseball perspective is just insane.
Not only did the St. Louis Cardinals receive one of the greatest sluggers to ever play, but they did it for a package that had exponentially less value to it.
It’s honestly hard to talk about this trade because it was so lopsided.
McGwire’s production in most seasons eclipsed that of the three players traded for their entire careers combined.
McGwire had 583 home runs for his career. The three guys who the St. Louis Cardinals gave up for him had 510 total games played in their careers.
Nothing more needs to be said.
Next: Either/Or series: Part 2
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