Hannah: A history of trading former number one draft picks

From Mike Hannah at Bluebird Banter on December 9, 2015:

On Tuesday the Arizona Diamondbacks made a head scratcher of a trade sending outfielder Ender Inciarte, pitching prospect Aaron Blair, and first overall pick Dansby Swanson to the Atlanta Braves for Shelby Miller.

And, rob.magnificent asked an interesting question that I thought I would turn into an article. The question is simple:

What is the earliest a #1 Overall pick has been traded.

Prior to this season there had been a rule in place that prohibited teams from trading a player they’ve drafted for up to a year. This sometimes led to the old “Player to be Named Later” thing coming up to allow teams to make a deal during or before the next season and put those drafted players in the deal for added value.

Read the full article here: http://www.bluebirdbanter.com/2015/12/9/9877836/trading-1-picks-a-baseball-tale

Originally published: December 9, 2015. Last Updated: December 9, 2015.