The Worst Trades in Sports History

If you are a Colorado sports fan, the past few weeks have been filled with horror. The Nuggets and Avalanche haven’t been playing well, and we all know how bad the Broncos are, but nothing compares to what the Colorado Rockies did to us Rockies fans. On February 2nd, The Rockies front office went ahead and traded Nolan Arenado, the future Hall of Fame Third Basemen, and $50 Million to the St. Louis Cardinals, in exchange for five young prospects from the Cardinals organization.

Since 2013, Nolan has been in the Rockies organization, he got called up and played his first Major League game on May 1st, in the same a game in which he went 1 for 4 in a loss. Nolan Arenado then went on to five straight All-Star Games, 8 Gold Gloves and 4 Silver Sluggers. Nolan was deemed one of the greatest of this generation by many media outlets. Although Nolan had all that success, Nolan winning his second Gold Glove

the Rockies on the other hand, struggled to win, (Via Denver Post)

only making the playoffs twice throughout Nolan’s

time in Colorado. After the 2020 season, in which the Rockies went 26 and 34, Nolan decided he wanted out, and wanted to play with a team contending to be in the World Series. “There is a lot of disrespect from people there, that I don’t want to be a part of,” Nolan said in a text message a month prior to being traded. As we know this ultimately led to Nolan being traded. The owner of the Rockies, Dick Monfort, had this to say about the trade. “I am aware this is not a popular decision, but I promise you it wasn’t made with haste. I’m a fan first. I think you all know that our players are like family to me. We were blessed by Nolan, and we all had a front row seat to watch this unbelievable player. Unfortunately, nothing lasts forever. I will always wish Nolan, and his family the very best.” Nevertheless, Montfort’s response didn’t get any good feedback from the fans, and they were all asking the question on everyone’s mind: when is Jeff Bridich, the General Manager, going to be fired? Jeff Bridich has been in hot water recently, it seems as if no one in Colorado wants him here, he keeps making the wrong decisions, and people are saying this should be the final straw.

Now that we’ve gone through the backstory of this trade, let’s go ahead and take a look at some of the worst trades in sports history in which we can now compare this trade to. The first trade we will take a look at is, ironically, John Elway coming to Colorado. This is arguably one of the most famous trades of all time in which a Hall of Fame Quarterback was traded from Baltimore, because Elway refused to play there. He was then traded to the Broncos for a future first round pick, Chris Hinton, and Mark Hermann. Now, we’re going to transfer our way out of the NFL, as we talk about “The Trade” as it’s called. This trade is of course “The Great One,” Wayne Gretzky, who was traded to The Kings in 1988. Wayne Gretzky went on to win 9 MVP’s and is now undoubtedly the greatest hockey player of all time. The NBA has also had their fair share of crazy trades throughout history, however none more historical than the Charlotte Hornets trading “The Black Mamba,” Kobe Bryant, to The Los Angeles Lakers. Kobe Bryant was known for having a beast mentality and he inspired so many people to be the greatest version of themselves. Kobe left an impact on and off the court no matter what he was doing. Kobe won the MVP 3 times, and won the NBA Finals 5 times, no doubt one of the best to do it. As we now circle back around to the MLB, you can’t talk about the worst trades ever without talking about “The Great Bambino,” Babe Ruth, who was traded to The New York Yankees from The Boston Red Sox. This trade plays a role in creating one of the biggest rivalries in all of sports history. Babe Ruth, arguably the greatest player to do it, was purchased by the Yankees for $125,000 in 1920, which calculated with inflation is $1.6 Million in 2021.

The reason we are talking about the worst trades of all time, is because I 100% believe that at the end of Nolan Arenado’s career with the St. Louis Cardinals, I believe that this will be one of the worst trades of all time. The Cardinals are already the favorite, behind the Dodgers to win the World Series this year. Nolan is known around the league for his crazy athletic ability and his decision making, and almost anything else you can think of. Nolan Arenado’s potential is off the charts, he is only 29 years old and is ranked the #10 best players in the league, among greats of this time such as Mike Trout, Mookie Betts, and many others.

As the end of Nolan’s career finishes up, we will add Nolan to the list of worst trades ever, and Colorado sports fans are going to be banging their heads for decades to come and there’s no way of going back.