2. Nathan Eovaldi and Scott McGough for Hanley Ramirez and Randy Choate
In 2008, Ned Coletti acquired an unwanted Manny Ramirez from the Red Sox, which propelled the Dodgers to an unexpected postseason trip to the NLCS. Four years later, he acquired another Ramirez (Hanley) from a Marlins team that wanted no part of him anymore. That move ended up in the Dodgers coming up one game short of a Wild Card game appearance in 2012 and another NLCS appearance in 2013. Hanley was by far the best hitter on that 2013 Dodgers team, despite missing significant time due to injuries. He slashed .345/.402/.638 with 20 homers and 57 RBI.
Although he was a major reason why the Dodgers were even in the playoffs that year, that was the extent of his impact. That’s not to say he didn’t produce in 2012 and 2014, but results reveal he wasn’t as much of an impact player. His WAR in 2013 was 5.4 and dropped to 3.5 in 2014. Two games on average don’t seem like too big of a drop-off, but the Dodgers failed to make it past the NLDS by two games. His injuries and defensive issues cost the Dodgers playing time and Clayton Kershaw a perfect game. The deal also didn’t set up future deals like the number one trade in the last five years at the deadline did.