MLB’s Worst Trades in 2011: A Fan’s Take

MLB teams make transactions, both during and after the regular season, to create the best possible roster for winning a World Series. While some of these trades work out, other times they become moves that don't pan out.

New Cincinnati Reds SP Mat Latos as a member of the San Diego Padres.
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Here's a look at the worst baseball trades made in 2011:

5. Cleveland Indians acquire SP Ubaldo Jimenez from Colorado Rockies for minor-leaguers Alex White, Joe Gardner, Matt McBride, and Drew Pomeranz

With the Rockies out of playoff contention and Jimenez having a down year, the Indians were willing to pay up for the Rockies' ace. While he does have a favorable contract, the Indians gave up two No. 1 picks in White and Pomeranz and saw Jimenez's numbers lower with Cleveland. Jimenez may return to his 2010 form in the future, but as of 2011, this trade looks like a mistake for the Indians.

4. Chicago White Sox acquire Jason Frasor and Zach Stewart to Toronto Blue Jays for Edwin Jackson and Mark Teahen

This trade may not have involved the biggest names MLB has to offer, but this move is definitely a head-scratcher for White Sox general manager Kenny Williams. Both Frasor and Stewart have minor upside compared to the potential value of Jackson. Seen as a move to shed Teahen's $7 million contract, the White Sox acquired little in this midseason trade.

3. San Francisco Giants acquire RF Carlos Beltran from New York Mets for minor-leaguer Zack Wheeler

At the time, acquiring Beltran seemed like the move that would give the Giants the extra bat they needed in their lineup. Instead of receiving Beltran the former All-Star, the Giants received Beltran the effective yet oft-injured outfielder who was not enough by himself to bring the Giants back to the playoffs. Wheeler, a top starting pitching prospect in the Giants' farm system, was essentially given away for a rental that did not pan out.

2. Cincinnati Reds acquire Mat Latos from San Diego Padres for Edinson Volquez, Yonder Alonso, Yasmani Grandal, and Brad Boxberger

Latos has shown the abilities of a really good pitcher in his career. However, the Reds may have given away way too much in order to acquire more starting pitching. Volquez, a proven starting pitcher, sent with a top prospect in Alonso and two other valuable prospects in Grandal and Boxberger makes this look like a desperate trade for the Reds.

1. Boston Red Sox acquire SP Erik Bedard and minor-leaguer Josh Fields from the Seattle Mariners for minor-league outfielders Trayvon Robinson and Chih-Hsien Chiang

Part of a three-team trade involving the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Red Sox hoped a comeback season from Bedard could help the team make the playoffs. Instead, the Red Sox were a part of one of the biggest season-ending collapses in baseball history, allowed Bedard to sign with the Pittsburgh Pirates, and gave up two great prospects in Robinson and Chiang.

Sources:

Trade Deadline Power Rankings: Part 1, the Vanquished, Grantland

Trade deadline winners and losers, ESPN

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Updated Monday, Dec 19, 2011