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MLB Baseball Players Who Changed Teams

Try to guess these baseball players who changed teams – either in a trade or free agency.
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Last updated: February 10, 2024
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First submittedMarch 30, 2012
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Year
Old Team
New Team
Player
2023
Angels
Dodgers
Shohei Ohtani
2022
Braves
Dodgers
Freddie Freeman
2020
Red Sox
Dodgers
Mookie Betts
2019
Nationals
Phillies
Bryce Harper
2017
Tigers
Astros
Justin Verlander
2012
Cardinals
Angels
Albert Pujols
2008
Marlins
Tigers
Miguel Cabrera
2003
Diamondbacks
Red Sox
Curt Schilling
2003
Rangers
Yankees
Alex Rodriguez
2001
Athletics
Yankees
Jason Giambi
1999
Mariners
Reds
Ken Griffey Jr.
Year
Old Team
New Team
Player
1997
Athletics
Cardinals
Mark McGwire
1997
Expos
Red Sox
Pedro Martinez
1996
Red Sox
Blue Jays
Roger Clemens
1993
Red Sox
Yankees
Wade Boggs
1992
Cubs
Braves
Greg Maddux
1992
Pirates
Giants
Barry Bonds
1989
Expos
Mariners
Randy Johnson
1988
Tigers
Dodgers
Kirk Gibson
1979
Angels
Astros
Nolan Ryan
1966
Reds
Orioles
Frank Robinson
1919
Red Sox
Yankees
Babe Ruth
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Level 33
Apr 5, 2014
whats with the 5 baseball quizzes in the past 5 days?
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Level 51
Mar 31, 2024
Baseball season means nothing to you?
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Level 85
Apr 5, 2014
I think you mean Juicin' Giambi.
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Level 48
Apr 7, 2014
also A-Roid or A-Fraud
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Level 75
Mar 30, 2024
I bet Jason Giambi was easier to get in 2014 than he is now. Pretty insignificant move, in the grand scheme of things. Could be replaced.
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Level 67
Mar 30, 2024
Nah. Still pretty memorable. It's also the backdrop for the entire Moneyball movie.
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Level 43
Jul 28, 2014
Some odd choices. Why no Rickey Henderson, Jose Canseco, Strawberry, Wade Boggs, etc.?
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Level ∞
Mar 15, 2016
Rickey Henderson was on a previous iteration of this quiz, but he was the least guessed so I removed him. He also changed teams about 10 different times.

But I'll take your suggestion and add Wade Boggs.

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Level 22
Aug 20, 2015
1/22 <3
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Level 88
Aug 6, 2016
Looks like the Red Sox like to trade big-name players.
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Level 67
Aug 6, 2016
Johnny Damon, Pedro Martinez, Wade Boggs, and Roger Clemens all left as free agents. The Red Sox offered Clemens a ton of money, but he turned out it down. They had no chance but to trade Manny Ramirez, who basically threw a tantrum and refused to play anymore...because he is an awful person. The Babe Ruth trade...well...that was bad. The only remarkable thing about the other five exits is that both Boggs and Damon went to the arch-rival Yankees.
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Level 89
Jan 18, 2022
100 years of the frigging Red Sox saying "Wow this guy's Hall Of Fame material. Do I hear a bid?"
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Level 57
Sep 11, 2023
WE NEED AN UPDATE
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Level 72
Feb 10, 2024
The teams are backwards for Bryce Harper. His old team was the Nationals, and his new team was the Phillies.
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Level ∞
Feb 10, 2024
Fixed
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Level 85
Feb 10, 2024
As of 2021, 77% of MLB Hall of Famers had changed teams.
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Level 86
Feb 10, 2024
Giambi really doesn't belong here... everyone else is in the HOF, or would be if not for steroids, or will be in the case of the active players, or has an iconic moment of baseball history associated with them. Giambi is none of those. I'd love to instead see Hank Aaron, who left the Braves for the Brewers at the end of his career.
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Level 63
Feb 11, 2024
Giambi and Gibson are the only two who don't really belong.
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Level 89
Feb 12, 2024
They both belong. The quiz has nothing to do with how good the player is/was. Just which teams they played for.
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Level 82
Feb 23, 2024
They make sense in context to me.

Giambi was the 2000 AL MVP and had a better season in 2001 (by WAR), only to miss another award due to Ichiro stealing the show. He then joined the team that beat Oakland two years in a row in hard-fought playoff series, badmouthing the team and fans on his way out. It was a huge deal in baseball at the time.

Gibson, meanwhile, was successful in Detroit prior to signing with the Dodgers, winning a World Series and having a reputation as a slugger with speed. He then immediately won the NL MVP in LA and hit the most-replayed homer in World Series history on the way to winning the title. Another significant move at the time.

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Level 84
Feb 11, 2024
Tom Seaver was a pretty high-profile player to change teams. Threw the only no-hitter of his career with Cincinnati, and should have won the Cy Young in '81 with them.
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Level 63
Feb 11, 2024
Would like to see Willie Mays transitioning to the Mets.
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Level 67
Mar 30, 2024
Mays, Ruth, and Hank Aaron, who for a long time were the top three home run hitters not accused of steroids, all ended their MLB careers with brief and forgettable tenures in the same cities in which they started them, but with different teams. Ruth started with the Boston Red Sox and finished with the Boston Braves. Mays started with the New York Giants and finished with the New York Mets. Aaron started with the Milwaukee Braves and finished with the Milwaukee Brewers. I have no idea how to turn that into trivia, but I always thought it was neat.
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Level 69
Apr 2, 2024
Had to really think of some. I can't believe I got them all first try actually, even with some of the most famous ones being listed. Really great idea for a quiz. Could have one for NFL, NHL, NBA, etc.