Dansby Swanson trade looks even worse for Arizona Diamondbacks after Atlanta Braves' title

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The Atlanta Braves won the 2021 World Series and a shortstop played a big role in the team's impressive postseason run to the title.

A shortstop who just so happened to be the No. 1 overall MLB draft pick in the 2015 MLB draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Dansby Swanson shined for the Braves with his defense and his bat in Atlanta's impressive postseason run, bringing up painful memories for Diamondbacks fans.

On Dec. 9, 2015, Arizona traded Ender Inciarte, Aaron Blair and Dansby Swanson to the Braves for Shelby Miller and Gabe Speier in what has become one of the worst trades in Diamondbacks history.

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Miller never panned out in Arizona, going 5-18 with a 6.35 ERA in three seasons with the Diamondbacks.

Speier never made it to the big leagues with the Diamondbacks.

Blair pitched in 16 games over two seasons in Atlanta.

Inciarte has been a quality pro, hitting .280 in his career with 263 RBIs.

But it is Swanson that has fans still lamenting the trade.

Swanson has hit .249 in his six seasons in Atlanta, with 77 home runs and 315 RBIs during his time with the Braves, while developing into a defensive standout.

Did we mention that he helped the Braves win the World Series, hitting a home run in Atlanta's Game 6 win, and getting the final out to seal the victory?

The trade continues to haunt Arizona, which envisioned Miller being a No. 2 starter behind Zack Greinke when they made that trade, but Miller's time in Arizona was marked by injury and poor pitching.

It's become even worse with Swanson winning a World Series as the Braves' No. 1 shortstop.

Is it the worst trade in Diamondbacks' history?

It's certainly among them.

Here are a few others that come to mind:

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Nov. 28, 2003

The Boston Red Sox traded Mike Goss (minors), Casey Fossum, Brandon Lyon and Jorge De La Rosa to the Diamondbacks for Curt Schilling.

Schilling proved he had some stuff left in the tank as he helped the Red Sox win World Series titles in 2004 and 2007.

Fossum didn't pan out for Arizona and De La Rosa was traded a few days later as part of the deal for Richie Sexson. Lyon spent time as the team's closer.

Yeah, not really the best return for an ace like Schilling.

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The Dansby Swanson trade just continues to look worse for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The Dansby Swanson trade just continues to look worse for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Dec. 1, 2003

The Diamondbacks traded Chris Capuano, Craig Counsell, Chad Moeller, Lyle Overbay, Jorge De La Rosa and Junior Spivey to the Brewers for a player to be named later, Shane Nance and Richie Sexson. The Milwaukee Brewers sent Noochie Varner to the Diamondbacks on Dec. 15 to complete the trade.

Sexson played one injury-plagued season in Arizona. He only played in 23 games and had nine home runs in a D-Backs uniform.

And the Diamondbacks gave up all that for him? Need we say more?

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Dec. 8, 2009

As part of a three-team trade: The Tigers sent Curtis Granderson to the New York Yankees. The Tigers sent Edwin Jackson to the Diamondbacks. The Yankees sent Phil Coke and Austin Jackson to the Tigers. The Yankees sent Ian Kennedy to the Diamondbacks. The Diamondbacks sent Max Scherzer and Daniel Schlereth to the Tigers.

Yes, the Diamondbacks got Kennedy and Jackson in this deal. Kennedy had a great 2011 season for Arizona (21-4, 2.88 ERA) and had a combined 3.55 ERA over the course of three full seasons before he was traded to the Padres in 2013. Jackson pitched a no-hitter for the team before eventually being traded for Daniel Hudson.

However, Scherzer has been one of the best pitchers in the league since the trade.

It's hard not to wonder how different things would have been if that trade never happened.

Reach Jeremy Cluff at jeremy.cluff@arizonarepublic.com. Follow him on Twitter @Jeremy_Cluff.

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