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Monday, June 30, 2014
Astros' funny trade ideas leaked to public

By David Schoenfield

Saw this on FanGraphs: Internal notes the Astros kept on on trade discussions last year were leaked to the public via a data warehouse site. You can read more at FanGraphs, but here were a couple of trades ideas Dave Cameron pointed out (and here's more from Tim Dierkes at MLB Trade Rumors):

It's good for a laugh, because these are the same types of trade ideas we'll hear on sports radio or that I'll get in my chat sessions that are pretty ridiculous. But, hey, it certainly doesn't hurt to ask. And you never know when a general manager will panic and make a bad deal. Who can forget the Derek Lowe and Jason Varitek trade for mediocre reliever Heathcliff Slocumb (5.79 ERA at the time) back in 1997 between the Mariners and Red Sox?

Of course, I don't think there any Woody Woodwards out there running teams right now. Plus general managers, if anything, overvalue prospects, and certainly aren't going to trade their best ones for the likes of Bud Norris or Lucas Harrell.

But it goes to show: Teams start at the same point as fans -- dreaming of that unlikely trade where you give up a little for a lot.