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The Yankees and Braves almost made a blockbuster trade

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Thursday's Say Hey, Baseball includes a huge trade that never happened, the hubris of Ruben Amaro, Jr. and yet another thing that Mo'ne Davis is great at.

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It's been awhile since baseball has seen a true blockbuster trade. Not just a trade that's surprising, like when the Braves somehow convinced the Diamondbacks that Shelby Miller was worth Dansby Swanson, Ender Inciarte, and Aaron Blair, but one that includes at least twice as many players as that. According to Jon Heyman, the Yankees and the Braves almost pulled one off during the 2014-2015 offseason. This ill-fated trade would have sent Luis Severino, Aaron Judge, Manny Banuelos, Ian Clarkin, and Gary Sanchez to the Braves in exchange for Jason Heyward, Andrelton Simmons, David Carpenter, Melvin (formerly BJ) Upton and Chris Johnson. That's 10 players and a lot of talent changing hands, and both teams would have looked dramatically different after such a blockbuster.

This non-deal looks a lot like other trades the Braves have pulled off since they started their rebuild a few years ago. They ship out stars and/or highly paid players in exchange for any prospect they can get their hands on. In asking for both Severino and Judge, they were shooting the moon. Severino and Judge are two of the Yankees' top prospects in a farm system that Baseball America has ranked 17th and 18th in the past two years. The Braves were dangling Heyward and Simmons in front of the Yankees, hoping they'd bite and give up two treasured prospects. But considering that Heyward had just one year left before free agency at that time, you can guess why the trade didn't happen. Severino and Judge were too much to ask for Simmons and just one season of Heyward. The Braves would trade Heyward to the Cardinals for Miller, and then a year later flip Miller to the Diamondbacks for Swanson, the first overall selection in the 2015 draft.

Huge, blockbuster trades don't happen that often in baseball. In fact, the last two both happened in 2012. In August of that year, the Red Sox and the Dodgers exchanged nine players, including Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford. Just three months later, Miami had one of their signature fire sales and shipped five players to the Blue Jays, and the Jays sent seven players in return. But those trades absolutely accomplished goals for each team. The Red Sox and the Marlins shed payroll, and the Dodgers and the Blue Jays gained talented, established players. Since the Yankees' goal wasn't one year of Heyward, they wisely passed on that deal. In the end, everything worked out for the best. (Well, except for the Diamondbacks.)