Slocumb for Varitek and Lowe arguably worst trade in Mariners history
There are simply no words to explain just how important one player, or in this case two players, meant to a team in 2004. This never would have happened if the Red Sox hadn’t made this trade. No one could have known what Tek or Lowe would have become. This is easily considered one of the worst trades in Mariners history. Had it not been for this trade, it’s possible the Sox wouldn’t have been able to break the curse until 2007 or 2013, if at all.
The Mariners had hopes of going 2-for-2 on trades with the Red Sox and the repercussion of this trade was enough to make them second guess their prospects. The Mariners traded away a future captain for just 1 1/2 seasons of a closer who never really ended up amounting to anything. It’s amazing what teams will do to get to the post season.
The Red Sox more than made up for the move the year before. They came out well on top in 1997 and the records and titles prove it.
Stay tuned for the next “What If” article coming out in a few weeks.