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The phrase Brock for Broglio is sometimes used in the sport of baseball to signify a trade that in hindsight, turns out to be a ridicuously lopsided transaction.

The names in the phrase refer to Lou Brock and Ernie Broglio respectively, as on June 15, 1964, the Chicago Cubs traded away Brock, who was struggling at the time and had been a disappointment to the club, for Broglio, who in turn was coming off some impressive seasons while pitching for the St. Louis Cardinals.

The trade was actually a six-player deal: Brock, Jack Spring and Paul Toth to the Cardinals for Broglio, Bobby Shantz, and Doug Clemens.

Almost immediately the effects of the trade were felt as Brock would bat .348 for the Cardinals and lead them to winning the 1964 World Series. Broglio went only 4-7 with a 4.04 ERA for the Cubs, and turned out to be a big disappointment for the rest of his career. He was out of Major League Baseball by 1966, while Brock, who also helped the Cardinals to another World Series title in 1967, played successfully for the Cardinals until 1979, en route to his Hall of Fame election in 1985.

This is sometimes referred to as the most lopsided trade ever in baseball.[1]


Other lopsided trades


Before 1950

After the 1900 season, the Cincinnati Reds traded Christy Mathewson to the New York Giants for 19th Century star pitcher Amos Rusie. Rusie pitched only three games in one season for the Reds. Mathewson pitched for the Giants until 1916, won 372 games, threw two no-hitters, and led the Giants to five National League pennants.

On May 6, 1930, Red Ruffing was traded by the Boston Red Sox to the New York Yankees for Cedric Durst and $50,000.

In 1949, the Chicago Cubs acquired Hank Sauer and Frankie Baumholtz from the Reds for Peanuts Lowrey and Harry Walker.

1951 to 1980

Prior to the 1959 season, the Pittsburgh Pirates traded Frank Thomas to the Cincinnati Reds in a seven player deal. In the trade, the Pirates acquired Smoky Burgess, Harvey Haddix and Don Hoak—three men who would help the Pirates win the 1960 World Series.

Before the 1966 season, believing Frank Robinson's career was over, the Reds traded him to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for pitchers Milt Pappas, Jack Baldschun and outfielder Dick Simpson. In 1966, Robinson won the American League MVP Award and the Triple Crown, leading the Orioles to their first ever American League championship and World Series title. Pappas went 30-29 for Cincinnati. In the 1988 film Bull Durham, the character Annie justifies part of her life in her opening inner monologue with: "Bad trades are part of baseball - now who can forget Frank Robinson for Milt Pappas, for God's sake?"

During a contract dispute, the St. Louis Cardinals traded future Hall-of-Fame pitcher Steve Carlton to the Philadelphia Phillies for Rick Wise before the 1972 season.

The California Angels traded infielder Jim Fregosi to the New York Mets for another future Hall-of-Fame pitcher, Nolan Ryan, that same offseason. (Coincidentally, Fregosi would manage Ryan in 1978 and 1979, Ryan's last two years as an Angel.)

Ryne Sandberg, along with Larry Bowa, were traded from the Phillies to the Cubs for Ivan DeJesus. Sandberg would go on to a Hall-of-Fame career with the Cubs and Bowa was an all-star.

1981 to present

The Detroit Tigers traded prospect John Smoltz to the Atlanta Braves for starting pitcher Doyle Alexander. While the Tigers achieved their immediate objective with this trade (Alexander went 9-0 with a 1.53 ERA for the rest of the 1987 season to help the Tigers win the American League East), Alexander went 0-2 with a 10.00 ERA in the 1987 American League Championship Series, which the Tigers lost to the Minnesota Twins. Smoltz went on to become one of the game's greats over the next two decades while Alexander retired just two years later.

Due to his impatience with young players and desire to win immediately, New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner made several trades which hurt the Yankees in the long-term. In 1982, the Yankees traded Fred McGriff, along with Dave Collins and Mike Morgan, to the Toronto Blue Jays for Dale Murray and Tom Dodd. During the 1987 offseason, the Yankees traded future Cy Young Award winner Doug Drabek with Logan Easley and Brian Fisher to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Rick Rhoden, Cecilio Guante and Pat Clements. In 1988, the Yankees acquired Ken Phelps, a 34 year old designated hitter by sending prospects Jay Buhner, Rick Balabon and Troy Everto the Seattle Mariners. Years later, this trade was parodied on Seinfeld.

Looking for a relief pitcher to aid their 1990 playoff run, the Boston Red Sox acquired relief pitcher Larry Andersen from the Houston Astros for a prospect named Jeff Bagwell.

During their 1993 firesale, the San Diego Padres traded McGriff to the Atlanta Braves for outfielder Melvin Nieves and pitchers Donnie Elliott and Vince Moore.

On July 28, 1995, the Toronto Blue Jays traded David Cone to the New York Yankees for pitchers Marty Janzsen, Jason Jarvis and Mike Gordon. Cone became a crucial part of the coming Yankees dynasty, while none of the prospects acquired by the Blue Jays made it to the majors.

After acquiring Bobby Abreu in the 1997 Expansion Draft from the Houston Astros, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays traded him to the Philadelphia Phillies for Kevin Stocker.

At the 1997 trade deadline, the Oakland Athletics traded Mark McGwire for T.J. Mathews, Eric Ludwick and Blake Stein. The Seattle Mariners sent Jason Varitek and Derek Lowe to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for Heathcliff Slocumb.

In 1998, the Houston Astros send Freddie Garcia, Carlos Guillén and John Halama to the Seattle Mariners for Randy Johnson. Though Johnson helped the Astros reach the playoffs, he left that offseason as a free agent, while the three players acquired by the Mariners contributed for many seasons, including an AL-record 116 wins in 2001.

New York Mets GM Jim Duquette, opting for pitching that could help the team immediately, traded highly regarded prospect Scott Kazmir to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for Victor Zambrano. The trade was widely criticized as Kazmir later became the ace for the now-Rays while Zambrano was unable to stay healthy and left the Mets following the 2006 season.

The San Francisco Giants acquired catcher A.J. Pierzynski from the Minnesota Twins for Joe Nathan, Francisco Liriano and Boof Bonser. Pierzynski spent one season with the Giants, where his abrasive nature drew the ire of his teammates, then signed with the Chicago White Sox as a free agent. Nathan has become an All-Star closer, although Liriano and Bonser have struggled. Pierzynski went on to become a pivotal player with the White Sox' 2005 World Series championship.

In 2005, the St. Louis Cardinals traded reliever Kiko Calero and prospects Dan Haren and Daric Barton to the Oakland Athletics for starter Mark Mulder. Seen as a steal for the Cardinals at the time, Haren would become a Cy Young candidate, Calero a dominant setup man, and Barton the A's starting first baseman, while Mulder battled injury problems for the next three years and ineffectiveness in 2008. However, since the trade none of the particulars are with the teams they were traded to- Haren was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks, Calero to the Florida Marlins, and Barton spent 2009 in AAA ball.

Before the 2008 season, the Detroit Tigers traded prospects Jair Jurrjens and Gorkys Hernández to the Atlanta Braves for Edgar Rentería. Rentería struggled in his one season in Detroit, while Jurrjens has excelled for the Braves, and Hernández was part of the trade that brought Nate McLouth to Atlanta from Pittsburgh.


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