Saw this on FanGraphs: Internal notes the Astros kept on on trade discussions last year were leaked to the public via a data warehouse site. You can read more at FanGraphs, but here were a couple of trades ideas Dave Cameron pointed out (and here's more from Tim Dierkes at MLB Trade Rumors):
The Astros offered Bud Norris for Kevin Gausman or Dylan Bundy.
The Astros noted Xander Bogaerts as a guy they would like from the Red Sox for Norris.
If the Astros wanted Giancarlo Stanton from the Marlins, it would cost them George Springer and Carlos Correa. The Astros countered with Jarred Cosart and Delino DeShields. (Dan Jennings of the Marlins has told Bob Nightengale of USA Today that it's "laughable" that Stanton was ever actually offered.)
The Astros offered Lucas Harrell to the Nationals for Lucas Giolito.
It's good for a laugh, because these are the same types of trade ideas we'll hear on sports radio or that I'll get in my chat sessions that are pretty ridiculous. But, hey, it certainly doesn't hurt to ask. And you never know when a general manager will panic and make a bad deal. Who can forget the Derek Lowe and Jason Varitek trade for mediocre reliever Heathcliff Slocumb (5.79 ERA at the time) back in 1997 between the Mariners and Red Sox?
Of course, I don't think there any Woody Woodwards out there running teams right now. Plus general managers, if anything, overvalue prospects, and certainly aren't going to trade their best ones for the likes of Bud Norris or Lucas Harrell.
But it goes to show: Teams start at the same point as fans -- dreaming of that unlikely trade where you give up a little for a lot.