15 worst St. Louis Cardinals' trades in franchise history

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These are the 15 worst trades in St. Louis Cardinals history

The St. Louis Cardinals are one of the most storied franchises in all of baseball history, but no matter how much success the club has had, no Major League team is immune to disastrous moves.

A few weeks ago, I took a look at the 15 worst contracts given out in the Cardinals' franchise history. Fortunately, the Cardinals haven't made too many significant missteps in that area. While there are plenty of bad contracts in the club's history, it does not even come close to comparing to some of the bad deals handed out by the free spenders in the sport.

When it comes to bad trades though, things get a lot more painful. When trades go wrong, they not only frustrate you with the player or players the team got in return but they often times mean there was a major success for the club on the other side of the trade. For some reason, it feels much better to waste money on a bad contract for a player than it does to acquire a disappointing player, or worse, give away premier talent.

The Cardinals have famously made some incredible trades that changed the trajectory of the franchise, including their two current cornerstone players, Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado. But there have also been some plain awful trades for the club, including some in recent memory that the team is still reeling from.

With all of that being said, let's take a look at the 15 worst trades in St. Louis Cardinals' history. Buckle up, as we are going to pick away at some old scabs and fresh wounds here.