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Sunday, July 30, 2017

It’s the 20th anniversary of one of the worst trades in baseball history

Two decades ago, the Mariners needed relievers. They traded for relievers. It didn’t work out.

With the benefit of hindsight, it’s easy to point and laugh at the Heathcliff Slocumb trade because it didn’t work out. The Mariners got an erratic reliever for a season and a half, and the Red Sox got Derek Lowe, Jason Varitek, and two World Series championships. But that’s not entirely fair. There’s some context to explore. While it seems devastating in retrospect that the Mariners traded a future franchise catcher and a pitcher who made an All-Star team as both a reliever and a starter, and it seems inconceivable that they traded them for a closer with a 5.79 ERA who had allowed 95 baserunners in 46 ⅔ innings, it’s not like ...

Actually, there’s no way to gloss over that part. Literally 95 baserunners in 46 ⅔ innings. Holy moly.

But there’s still context to explore.


 

 

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