There's a really great post up over at Baseball Nation, where Grant Brisbee looks back at the 2007 trading deadline's rumors to see what might have been. Surprisingly, the Astros were part of this madness in one of the most convoluted deals out there.â†µ
See, one of the rumors floated was Carlos Gonzalez going from Arizona to Washington for Chad Cordero, since the D'Backs have been in need of relievers since the beginning of time. As Brisbee points out, that simple deal might have started a series of reactions that meant a whole lot of players would be in different spots, including one Brett Wallace.
Follow along: If CarGo goes to Washington, he can't anchor the Dan Haren deal, which means he also can't be part of the Matt Holliday deal. If Holliday doesn't get traded to Oakland, he's not able to be flipped to St. Louis for Brett Wallace and other pieces, which means that Oakland isn't able to flip Wallace for Michael Taylor. If that doesn't happen, Wallace isn't in Toronto, he can't be flipped for Anthony Gose, which means he never lands in Houston and the Roy Oswalt does possibly doesn't get done.â†µ
And that's just one tangential effect of this rumor! What's more, this wasn't even the most shocking rumor on this list, which is saying something about all these trade rumors in hindsight.â†µ