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A trade is a type of transaction which occurs when two teams exchange players, future considerations or a player to be named later, money, draft picks or some combination thereof. In the major leagues, trades cannot be made after the trading deadline (normally on July 31st, although it has been set at other dates certain years), unless the players involved have cleared waivers. Players traded after August 31st are not eligible for the team's postseason roster. During the period just before the deadline, some teams out of contention trade their marquee players or players who are signed to large contracts for prospects or less expensive players. Another period of furious trading occurs around the annual winter meetings.

The first major league trade ever seems to have happened in 1886 in the American Association when Jack Boyle of the Cincinnati Red Stockings and $400 were exchanged for Hugh Nicol of the St. Louis Browns. There is, however, a minority view which says an earlier trade happened in 1885. Source: MLB article

Blockbuster Trades[edit]

A "blockbuster trade" is one in which particularly prominent players, or a large number of players are involved. Throughout baseball history, there have been famous, high-profile trades. Here are some (only key players may be mentioned):

See also[edit]

See also Largest Trade in Baseball History.

Further Reading[edit]

  • Anthony Castrovince: "The 10 strangest trades in MLB history",, May 2, 2020. [1]
  • Manny Randhawa: "Most stunning offseason trades in MLB history",, November 21, 2020. [2]

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