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Here's what ESPN has to say about the Gretzky trade and Sheffield Piazza trade:


Wayne Gretzky: Oilers to Kings

Aug. 9, 1988: The Edmonton Oilers traded Gretzky, D Marty McSorley and C Mike Krushelnyski to the Los Angeles Kings for C Jimmy Carson, LW Martin Gelinas, first-round picks in 1989, 1991 and 1993 and cash.


The other end of the trade was a little light, but no deal was more shocking than this one. The "Great One" was just 27 and in his prime as the most dominant hockey player of all time when Edmonton, which was short on cash, traded him after winning its fourth Stanley Cup of the 1980s.


Mike Piazza: Dodgers to Marlins

May 15, 1998: The Los Angeles Dodgers traded Piazza and 3B Todd Zeile to the Florida Marlins for OF Gary Sheffield, 3B Bobby Bonilla, C Charles Johnson, OF Jim Eisenreich and P Manny Barrios.


This midnight deal came out of nowhere after Piazza had reportedly turned down a long-term deal from the Dodgers. The trade involved four All-Stars (Piazza, Sheffield, Bonilla and Johnson), and at the time Piazza was one of the three or four most valuable players in the game. Piazza spent just a week in Florida before he was traded to the Mets for three minor leaguers.





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