A few days ago, you couldn’t turn around on the internet Chicago White Sox Twitter without seeing some sort of “on this day in history!” when it came to the trade that sent Fernando Tatis Jr. to the Padres back in 2016. A then 17-year-old Tatis Jr. was shipped over to San Diego so the Sox could milk the few possibly decent seasons out of James Shields’ right arm. It did not work out very well as the White Sox continually found themselves in baseball purgatory in the latter part of the 2010s.
The Chicago White Sox don’t really need Fernando Tatis Jr. anymore and that is good.
Trades like this are infamous throughout baseball history with countless famous All-Stars like Jeff Bagwell, Pedro Martinez, and Kenny Lofton being brought up seemingly every trade deadline as a stark reminder. Locally, the Chicago Cubs grabbing Aramis Ramirez in 2003 for some spare parts that were sent to the Pirates and even netting Kyle Hendricks as part of the Ryan Dempster deal in 2012.