By George Castle
Wednesday, July 27th, 2016
OK, the countdown starts. Will the Aroldis Chapman transaction that cost the Cubs a prime shortstop prospect help deliver a World Series and rank as the best trade-deadline deal in team history?
Wait until at least the National League Division Series. If Chapman can help the Cubs avoid the trap of the 100-win team-killing five-game series, he’ll be on his way. And he’ll zero in on the No. 1 designation if, say, he can nail down the final five outs of a Game 6 of the National League Championship Series. That situation has a familiar ring.
Right now, Chapman has to beat out a 2003 deal to zoom to the top of mid-season trades that were completed to make a difference – but sometimes blew up in the Cubs’ collective faces.
Here is a ranking, from worst to first, of such prominent deals. Only the final deal did not have any negative ramifications for the Cubs. The trade deadline moved from June 15 to July 31 in 1987:
Lou Brock to St. Louis for Ernie Broglio with bit-part guys on both sides, June 15, 1964.