Most shocking trade: Wayne Gretzky to L.A. or Alex Rodriguez to New York? | The Tylt
Most shocking trade: Wayne Gretzky to L.A. or Alex Rodriguez to New York?
Before the age of Twitter and a 24-hour news cycle, blockbuster trades were actually surprising—none more so than the Edmonton Oilers moving Wayne Gretzky to the Los Angeles Kings. Gretzky was coming off his fourth Stanley Cup win, and second Conn Smyth campaign when the Oilers announced they would be trading him.
Trading the greatest player ever sent shockwaves throughout the NHL. Edmonton would get Jimmy Carson, Martin Gelinas, $15 million in cash, and the Kings' first-round draft picks in 1989. Carson would have one 100-point season before being traded, and Martin Gelinas never turned into the goal-scorer the Oilers hoped.
Gretzky would take the Kings to one Stanley Cup Final, and continue piling up numbers that made him "The Great One." The trade placed a cloud over Edmonton for years, and it took a while for the organization to recover.
Alex Rodriguez wanted to be with the Boston Red Sox. The Boston Red Sox wanted Alex Rodriguez. But like so many times before, the Yankees swooped in like Chad, the captain of the football team in high school, and stole Boston's girl—or in this case, the best player in the league. The Red Sox were working feverishly to acquire A-Rod, proposing to ship a disgruntled Manny Ramirez to Texas, and aging Nomar Garciaparra to the White Sox.
The Yankees were not initially considered a factor because the team already had a superstar shortstop in Derek Jeter. However, New York was able to convince Rodriguez to switch to third base, and the trade was made. Rodriguez was supposed to be the piece to break Boston's World Series curse, but instead, he landed with the hated Yankees.
The Red Sox were still able to break the infamous curse (twice), but some Boston fans still wonder what could have been.