Blockbuster Trades in Baseball

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Mets-Angels, December 1971
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Mets-Angels, December 1971

The Mets trade Nolan Ryan, Frank Estrada, Don Rose and Leroy Stanton to the Angels for Jim Fregosi: Another one of the "worst trades ever," the Mets sent a young Nolan Ryan (he was 24 at the time of the trade) and three other players for an aging Jim Fregosi. Ryan would immediately emerge as a strikeout machine (he struck out an astonishing 383 batters in 1973) for the Angels while Fregosi played a total of 146 games for the Mets.

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