Top 10 Worst Trades In Braves History

And you thought Kevin Millwood for Johnny Estrada was a bad trade? Kyle Hawkins takes a look at some of the biggest front office guffaws in Braves history ranging from Joe "Pepi" Pepitone to Keith Lockhart. (This article is a free preview of premium content avaliable on BravesCenter.Com)

10. The Atlanta Braves trade RF Dale Murphy and RHP Tommy Greene to the Philadelphia Phillies for Jeff Parrett and Victor Rosario.

On August 3, 1990 Dale Murphy, who had been dangled in the trade market by the Braves for the past three years, was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies. Despite the fact that Murphy had been in obvious decline for the past three years, Braves fans were still irate over the deal blaming GM Bobby Cox for trading fan favorite Murphy, who had spent his entire thirteen year career in the Braves organization. Murphy went on to play several more seasons with 2 with Philadelphia and 1 with Colorado. Murphy went on to hit 27 homers in his three years after departing from Atlanta. Rosario played in nine games with the Braves.

9. The Dodgers trade outfielders Jim Wynn and Tom Paciorek, and infielders Lee Lacy and Jerry Royster to the Braves for OF Dusty Baker and 1B Ed Goodson.

Hank Aaron said that Dusty Baker had "the most potential" that he had ever seen from a Braves outfield. Dusty lived up that hype hitting .321 (third in the NL) in 1972, his first full season as a Braves in the Major Leagues. But after three straight subpar seasons, he was traded to the Dodgers in November 1975. Another poor season followed, but in 1977 he rebounded (.291, 30 HR, 89 RBI). In return, the Braves acquired Tom Paciorek (currently an color commentator for Fox Sports South) who hit 7 homers and 50 RBI in his two seasons with the Braves. Also acquired was Jerry Royster who was a mainstay in the Atlanta outfield for nine years, but never put up numbers near those of Dusty Baker.

8. Braves acquired second baseman Quilvio Veras, outfielder Reggie Sanders and first baseman Wally Joyner and send Bret Boone, Ryan Klesko and minor league pitcher Jason Shiell to the Padres.

In what was first looked upon as a good trade, the Braves acquired help at three weak positions. Veras at Second base, Sanders for the Outfield, and Joyner (who had long been coveted by GM John Schuerholz) as a backup firstbaseman - in the event that Andres Galarragas' recovery from lymphoma took longer than expected. Instead, Sanders (.237, 11 HR, 27 RBI) and Joyner (.281, 5 HR, 32 RBI) both had subpar years and each departed via Free Agency following the 2000 season. Veras had a solid season in 2000 but was plagued with injuries in 2001, and was released in August of the same year (His replacement: Current Braves 2B Marcus Giles). Jason Shiell pitched for Boston this year where he went 2-1 with a 4.63 ERA in 23 IP.

7. The Atlanta Braves trade OF Jermaine Dye and Jamie Walker to the Kansas City Royals for Keith Lockhart and Michael Tucker.

After a stellar rookie campaign in 1996 (.281 12 HR, 37 RBI in 292 AB) many Atlanta fans figured that Jermaine Dye would be a figure in the Braves outfield for many years to come. However, in that very same winter GM John Schuerholz sent Dye and Minor Leaguer Jamie Walker packing to Kansas City in exchange for Keith Lockhart and Michael Tucker. For the first two years the deal looked like a stroke of genius for the Braves as Lockhart and Tucker put up strong numbers while Dye floundered in the American League and Walker continued to pitch in the Minor Leagues. However, in 1999 Dye burst out for good (.294 27 HR, 119 RBI) and hasn't looked back and currently plays with the Oakland Athletics. Walker last pitched in 2002 in the Detroit Tigers system.

6. Braves trade outfielders David Justice and Marquis Grissom to the Cleveland Indians for outfielder Kenny Lofton and pitcher Alan Embree.

Worried that they would lose him to free agency without compensation, the Indians pulled off a blockbuster deal with the Braves in March 1997, sending Lofton and reliever Alan Embree to Atlanta in exchange for outfielders David Justice and Marquis Grissom. While Lofton batted .333 in his only season with the Braves, neither he nor the club was happy with the marriage of convenience. After a one-year exile, Lofton returned to Cleveland, signing a four-year free-agent deal in December 1997. Embree enjoyed some success with Atlanta, but was soon thereafter shipped to Arizona in exchange for Russ Springer. Justice went on to have several fantastic seasons with the Indians, and the Yankees. Grissom is still playing today, with the San Francisco Giants.

5. The Braves send RHP Kevin Millwood to the Philadelphia Phillies for C Johnny Estrada.

In what was billed as the worst trade in John Schuerholz's tenure as GM, 18 game winner Kevin Millwood and his $10 million dollar salary were traded to the Philadelphia Phillies in the Winter of 2002 in exchange for Minor League Catcher Johnny Estrada. Schuerholz blamed the deal on the "bad economics" of Baseball and payroll constraints. Millwood went on to win 14 games for the Phillies in 2003 and Estrada spent the season in the International League where he did put up good numbers for Richmond.

4. The Braves trade RHP Steve Bedrosian to the Philadelphia Phillies for C Ozzie Virgil.

Bedrosian spent most of 1984 in the Atlanta pen but was finally shifted to the rotation in 1985. It was a failed experiment. Bedrosian started 37 games, lost 15, finished none, and after the season was dealt to Philadelphia for catcher Ozzie Virgil. Bedrosian thrived with the Phillies, posting a career-high 29 saves in '86 and a major-league-high 40 in 1987 to edge Rick Sutcliffe for the Cy Young Award. Virgil went on to have two sub par seasons for Atlanta squeezed between an All-Star season in 1987 when he put on to put up career highs in home runs (27) and RBI (72) but hit a measly .247.

3. Braves send 1B Fred McGriff to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for $50,000.

With the newly-signed Andres Galarraga solidly at first in April 1998, the Braves dealt McGriff to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for an undisclosed amount of cash. McGriff came home to Tampa Bay, and for the first time in his major league career, hit fewer than 20 home runs in a full season. But he bounced back in 1999, slugging over thirty dingers for his record fourth team. Having signed a contract extension after the season, McGriff showed he was still powerful, posting 27 longjacks and 106 ribbies, receiving an American League All-Star nod, and tallying his 400th career homer and 2000th career hit in 2000.

2. Atlanta sends 23-year-old Andre Thornton to the Cubs for 1B Joe "Pepi" Pepitone.

Pepitone will go to bat just 11 times for the Braves and never play again, while Thornton will end up having several solid seasons for the Cubs before being traded to Cleveland and becoming one of Indians' most identifiable player of the 1970's and 80's leading 1B/DH in homeruns for seven straight seasons.

1. The Indians trade pitcher Len Barker to the Braves for Rick Behenna, cash, and two players to be named later.

The two turn out to be OF Brett Butler and 3B Brook Jacoby. The Braves, who were in the thick of a pennant race with the Los Angeles Dodgers, were desperate to make a move to bolster their floundering pitching staff. After making several unsuccessful attempts to pick up lefty Rick Honeycutt at the deadline, the Braves panicked and traded for Len Barker of the Cleveland Indians. Barker would turn out to be a bust, going 3-6 as the Braves would be defeated by the Dodgers in the NL pennant race. Butler, on the other hand went on to have a fantastic career becoming perhaps the best leadoff hitter of the 1980's and early 1990's.

Honorable Mentions: - The Braves trade Bob Priddy in exchange for P Bob Compton and OF Mickey Rivers.

- The Braves trade Zane Smith to the Expos for Sergio Valdez, Nate Minchey, and Kevin Dean.

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