i fell into an internet wormhole today and ended up reading through some FireJoeMorgan stuff, and i stumbled across this proposed trade from a twins' beat writer during the offseason following the 2007 season.
Red Sox Get:
now, they goofed on the trade proposal for how bad it was, and also because carlos silva was a free agent and therefore not eligible to be traded. but the other reason it was so laughable was because there was one more year of team control of santana and nathan, versus 23
of the five red sox players. plus this wasn't a proposal of grabbing random red sox prospects - papelbon was their closer and was a 2-time all star at age 26, buchholz had a promising start to his major league career and a couple of months later would be named a top 5 prospect in baseball by both BA and BP, ellsbury was a top 20 prospect coming into 2007 and had hit for .353/.394/.509/.902 in his rookie season (albeit in about 150 plate appearances, but still, he looked extremely promising), lester had debuted in 2006, missed part of the 2007 season due to lymphoma treatments, but ultimately had started in and picked up the win in the red sox' world series-clinching victory (and clearly was a part of their long-term future and their 2008 starting rotation), and pedroia had just won american league rookie of the year as a 4-win player at age 23.
anyway, since that trade proposal the players posted the following WARs:
johan santana: 15.3
joe nathan: 11.2
carlos silva: -0.9
jacoby ellsbury: 30.5
dustin pedroia: 49.0
jonathan papelbon: 14.4
jon lester: 42.2
clay buchholz: 17.3
anyway, it's kind of incredible that a newspaper or team would hire a beat writer who would publish such an obviously laughable trade proposal (this is the type of thing that you'd expect from ESPN message board posters, not professional baseball writers), and also amazing that as bad as lopsided as the proposal appeared at the time, it actually ended up being worse
than one would have expected, since santana only had a couple of very good years left in him, and all of the red sox players ended up having lengthy careers that ranged from very good to great.