Beckham to Browns: Biggest trade in Cleveland sports history?

Deal may put team over the top

Beckham to Browns: Biggest trade in Cleveland sports history?
Odell Beckham, left, of the New York Giants, greets Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield during the second half of an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Oklahoma City Thunder, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Thunder won 127-117. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) (Mark J. Terrill)

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - It’s impossible to know at this moment if this will turn out to be the greatest trade in Cleveland sports history, but it’s certainly the biggest in almost 60 years.

That’s right! You have to go back to 1960 to find a trade of this magnitude, and back then, it wasn’t good. Frankie Lane traded Tribe slugger and superstar Rocky Colavito to the Tigers for Harvey Kuenn. Some Indians fans STILL aren’t over it.

Other Tribe deals were far more celebrated, including the Andrew Miller trade three summers ago, which helped carry the team to the World Series. And of course, the deal 26 years ago that brought Omar Vizquel over from the Mariners.

The Cavs have had their share of huge trades, the most notable and recent being Andrew Wiggins for Kevin Love, a move that paid off with our first parade in more than 50 years. But as big as that was, this may be even bigger. That’s how good Odell Beckham Jr. is.

There are no guarantees. Guys will have to learn to share the wealth because Baker likes to spread it around. But there’s a reason why this deal shook the earth, not just here in Northeast Ohio but throughout the world of sports. It was a message to the rest of the NFL, courtesy of John Dorsey, that the Browns plan on contending for a championship right now.

And this move, possibly the biggest trade in Browns history, may be the move that puts them over the top.

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