Throwback Thursday: 5 Worst Trades in Seattle Mariners History

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Mariners Trade Jason Varitek and Derek Lowe to Boston for Heathcliff Slocumb

This may go down as one of the worst trades of all time, but only because Slocumb was such a bust. The Mariners clearly didn’t know what they had when they traded away Lowe and Varitek.

Apparently, the Mariners needed a closer really bad when they shipped both young prospects to the Red Sox for Slocumb in 1997. The worst part is that Seattle received no value from Slocumb. He was a bust from the get go.

Slocumb may have saved 17 games the remainder of 1997, but he never finished a year with more than 10 saves the rest of his career. To make matter worse, Lowe finished with 178 career wins, and Varitek went on to be the captain of the Red sox leading them to their first two World Series Championships.