Note: This story was published on May 12, 2016.
The Diamondbacks have made some good trades through the years.
They have also made some not-so-good ones.
After watching former Diamondbacks pitcher Max Scherzer become just the 4th pitcher in MLB history to get 20 strikeouts in nine innings last season, we started thinking about some trades the Diamondbacks would probably like to have back.
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Here’s three that came to mind:
Nov. 28, 2003
The Boston Red Sox traded Mike Goss (minors), Casey Fossum, Brandon Lyon and Jorge De La Rosa to the Diamondbacks for Curt Schilling.
Schilling proved he had some stuff left in the tank as he helped the Red Sox win World Series titles in 2004 and 2007.
Fossum didn’t pan out for Arizona and De La Rosa was traded a few days later as part of the deal for Richie Sexson. Lyon spent time as the team’s closer.
Yeah, not really the best return for an ace like Schilling.
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Dec. 1, 2003
The Diamondbacks traded Chris Capuano, Craig Counsell, Chad Moeller, Lyle Overbay, Jorge De La Rosa and Junior Spivey to the Brewers for a player to be named later, Shane Nance and Richie Sexson. The Milwaukee Brewers sent Noochie Varner to the Diamondbacks on Dec. 15 to complete the trade.
Sexson played one injury-plagued season in Arizona. He only played in 23 games and had nine home runs in a D-Backs uniform.
And the Diamondbacks gave up all that for him? Need we say more?
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Dec. 8, 2009
As part of a three-team trade: The Tigers sent Curtis Granderson to the New York Yankees. The Tigers sent Edwin Jackson to the Diamondbacks. The Yankees sent Phil Coke and Austin Jackson to the Tigers. The Yankees sent Ian Kennedy to the Diamondbacks. The Diamondbacks sent Max Scherzer and Daniel Schlereth to the Tigers.
Yes, the Diamondbacks got Kennedy and Jackson in this deal. Kennedy had a great 2011 season for Arizona (21-4, 2.88 ERA) and had a combined 3.55 ERA over the course of three full seasons before he was traded to the Padres in 2013. Jackson pitched a no-hitter for the team before eventually being traded for Daniel Hudson.
However, Scherzer has been one of the best pitchers in the league since the trade. He won the AL Cy Young in 2013.
It’s hard not to wonder how different things would have been over the past few years had that trade never happened.
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The Diamondbacks probably wouldn’t have minded receiving mulligans on a few not-so-good trades they have made through the years.
Is there another Diamondbacks trade that you think the team would like to have back? Share your thoughts in the comments.
To see our list of notable trades in the history of the Diamondbacks, click here.
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