The Great Trades
November 7, 1928 The Cubs pick up Rogers Hornsby, who wins MVP in 1929 and helps lead the Cubs to the World Series.
October 24, 1975 The Cubs trade an all-time great, Fergie Jenkins, but get back Bill Madlock who wins 2 batting titles with the Cubs.
January 11, 1977 Rick Monday to the Dodgers for Bill Buckner and Ivan Dejesus. Monday was a great player for the Cubs, but Buckner was even better and Dejesus was later traded to the Phillies to bring Ryne Sandberg to the Cubs.
January 27, 1982 Difficult to argue that there is a better trade for the Cubs in their history as Ryne Sandberg and Larry Bowa come to the Cubs for Ivan Dejesus (traded to the Phillies). Thank you, Dallas Green.
December 7, 1983 Scott Sanderson to the Cubs for Carmello Martinez Craig Lefferts. Sanderson will be part of the 1984 rotation that leaves the Cubs just one win short of a World Series appearance.
June 13, 1984 Dallas Green pulls the trigger on a great trade when he trades top prospect, Joe Carter (who goes on to have a very good MLB career), Mel Hall and 2 other players for Rick Sutcliffe, Ron Hassey & George Frazier. Sutcliffe will win 16 of his 17 decisions down the last stretch of the season, win the Cy Young Award and the Cubs are just one victory away from a World Series.
July 23, 2003 The Cubs are a playoff contender and this move with the Pirates puts the team over the top as Aramis Ramirez and Kenny Lofton join the team. Both players will have immediate impact and help lead the Cubs to a team that falls just 5 outs short of a World Series. The trade sent Bobby Hill & Matt Hernandez to the Pirates.
November 25, 2003
A few months after picking up Aramis Ramirez, the Cubs pick up a guy who will be in the middle of the Cubs order with him as they send Mike Nannini & Hee Seop Choi to the Marlins for Derrek Lee.
January 6, 2012
The Cubs trade Andrew Cashner & Kyung Min Na to the Padres for Zach Cates and Anthony Rizzo
July 2, 2013
The Cubs trade Scott Feldman & Steve Clevenger to the Orioles for Pedro Strop & Jake Arrieta.
December 11, 1973 Two future Cubs announcers are traded for each other as Ron Santo is traded to the Chicago White Sox for Steve Stone.
February 2, 2005 Sammy Sosa is traded to the Baltimore Orioles for a future Cubs fan favorite, Mike Fontenot
December 5, 1988 Jamie Moyer and Rafael Palmeiro for Mitch Williams. Many other players involved in this deal. Mitch Williams helps lead the 1989 Cubs to the playoffs while Palmeiro and Moyer have great, long careers with other teams.
The Worst Trade
June 15, 1964
the Cubs trade young outfielder, Lou Brock to the St. Louis Cardinals for Ernie Broglio. Broglio has very little impact on the Cubs while Brock goes on to a Hall of Fame career in St. Louis.
March 30, 1992 The Cubs trade George Bell to the Chicago White Sox and get Sammy Sosa in return. Sosa will finish with over 600 home runs and help the Cubs to the 1998 and 2003 playoffs
December 3, 1972 Jose Cardenal to the Cubs
Great Cub Careers Come to and End
February 11, 1976 Bill Madlock is traded away, a great third baseman and the Cubs do get 2 good players in return, Bobby Murcer & Steve Ontiveros
November 7, 1973 Cubs great second baseman Glenn Beckert is traded to the San Diego Padres for Jerry Morales
November 9, 1912 Frank Chance is sold to Reds
December 6, 1973 Cubs Catcher, Randy Hundley is traded to the Minnesota Twins for George Mitterwald
December 9, 1931 Hack Wilson traded to Cardinals
December 9, 1980 Bruce Sutter traded to Cardinals for Leon Durham
December 8, 1987 Lee Smith to Red Sox Al Nipper Calvn Schiraldi