Trades can make or break a franchise. All teams have trades that worked out great in the end, but many trades don’t work for many different reasons. Here at NY Yankees Digest, we have already discussed, the Worst Free Agent Signings in Yankees History and the Best Trades in Yankees History. As the beat goes on, it is time for the Worst Trades in Yankees History. Adam and Rich have determined the Top 5 Worst Trades in Yankees History. Keep reading to see which players made the cut and then you can vote for which trade you think is the worst in Yankees history.
The countdown will be from the fifth worst down to the absolute worst trade in Yankees history. In the end, you will be able to vote for your choice of the worst deal ever made. Grab a seat and some popcorn, because we now begin down the terrifying path of the worst trades in Yankees history:
Worst Trades in Yankees History No. 5 –
Rich: The fifth worst trade in Yankees history is when they traded Melky Cabrera, Mike Dunn, and Arodys Vizcaino to the Braves for Javier Vazquez and Boone Logan. This was the second time the Yankees brought Vazquez into the mix – the first time was a failure, and the second time was not any better with Vazquez going 10-10 over 31 games. Cabrera had some decent years after the trade and was busted for PEDs but the fact they brought Vazquez back after failing the first time is why it makes this list.
Adam: This spot is more about emotional scarring than the actual player. The Yankees traded away Mike Lowell because he was blocked by Scott Brosius. But if Brosius is blocking you then the team was not that high on you in the first place. This is nothing against Scott, just reality. Lowell did not have a Hall of Fame career but he was a four-time All-Star with a long and solid career. It is what happened that brings on the emotional scars. He won the 2003 World Series with the build-em-up and tear-em-down Marlins over the Yankees. Then he won another World Series in 2007 and even took home the Most Valuable Player Award for the series as a member of the…ouch….Red Sox. It is the emotional scarring of his success against the Yankees that makes it into number five on my list of worst trades in Yankees history.