Noah Syndergaard…

…traded in the Blue Jays-Mets deal for R.A. Dickey, was less than a year old when R.A. Dickey was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 10th round of the 1993 draft.

It got me wondering if there have been any players traded for anyone who wasn’t born yet when they started their careers. I quickly checked some likely suspects…

Rickey Henderson (drafted June 1976) traded in 1997 from the Padres to the Angels for Stevenson Agosto (born September 1976). Rickey Henderson is the answer to everything.

Anyone know any others?

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  1. Mike says:

    In 2006 Jamie Moyer was traded for Andy Barb. Barb was born in Oct. 1984, and Moyer was drafted earlier that same year.

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  2. dockmarm says:

    Hoyt Wilhelm (drafted 1947) traded in 1969 from Angels to Braves for Clint Compton (born November 1950) AND Mickey Rivers (born October 1948).

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  3. Toasty says:

    Closest I’ve come so far is Arthur Rhodes (drafted 1988) for Gaby Hernandez (born 1986). I have to do better, though!

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  4. Mike says:

    In 1987, Phil Niekro was traded for Don Gordon. Gordon was born in 1959. Niekro signed as a free agent originally in 1958.

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  5. Jason says:

    Jamie Moyer for Babe Ruth… Babe wasn’t born yet.

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  6. Andrew says:

    Wuilmer Becerra, who was one of the other prospects shipped to the Mets in this deal, was born in 1994

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  7. Brad says:

    Jim Thome (drafted in 1989) traded to Baltimore this year for Gabriel Lino (born 1993) and Kyle Simon (born 1990).

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  8. Well-Beered Englishman says:

    I did learn to my surprise that Omar Vizquel has not been traded since December 20, 1993. This Thursday is the 19-year anniversary of the last time Omar Vizquel was ever traded.

    Darren Oliver and Julio Franco were each traded twice in their careers; Jamie Moyer was traded three times. Only Mariano Rivera has gone longer than Omar Vizquel, so far as I can ascertain, without having been traded.

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  9. Pat Dillon says:

    Useless Info Dept. – Stevenson Agosto and Rickey Henderson each played minor league baseball in Boise. #NWL

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  10. taft's wild pitch says:

    Who traded Larry? Longtime Brave…

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