Trades are part of baseball. Most teams are looking to get better, whether immediately or at some point in the future and to do that, sometimes tough choices have to be made. If you are the type to get invested in the players as people, this is especially tough for you. So with that in mind @DannyVietti posed a question on Twitter that I thought you all might like to consider:
Name a player that was either traded or released that broke your heart and, to this day, you haven’t been able to recover.— Danny Vietti (@DannyVietti) September 7, 2020
A few trades come to mind for me. When John Mozeliak traded Allen Craig and Joe Kelly for John Lackey — that one, even though it worked out wonderfully for the Cardinals, stung a bit at the time. Of course the Tommy Pham trade in 2018 hurt a bit. The Cardinals didn’t seem to get much in return and lost a player that after overcoming some unfortunate injuries really looked to be making an impact. Thinking back a bit further to a trade that did not go in the Cardinals favor I can recall the Danny Haren for Mark Mulder deal. Nope, didn’t like that. The version of the Cardinals I remember the best have no made too many big trades — the biggest trade in recent memory was when the Cardinals acquired Paul Goldschmidt for some highly-ranked prospects. And of course #TheTradeWorked when the team traded away Colby Rasmus for Edwin Jackson, relievers Octavio Dotel and Marc Rzepczynski, and outfielder Corey Patterson. They’ve let players go in free agency or didn’t make big enough moves for free agent players, but trading them away — that just isn’t something that happens a lot.
The Cardinals have been around a long time, though. I know some of you are thinking of some. Let’s talk about it!
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