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Cy Young for a suit, Dave Winfield for dinner and more of baseball's weirdest trades

As everyone across baseball either works the phones to negotiate trades or can't look away from their phones as they refresh Twitter to find out about deals at the non-waiver Trade Deadline, it's important to keep in mind that players aren't the only commodities to be sought after in the long history of America's pastime. 

On numerous occasions throughout baseball's colorful history, teams have swapped players for money, clothing, food, equipment, and other tangible necessities. Like the time the Minor League Canton Nadjys sent Cy Young to the Cleveland Spiders for a few hundred dollars and a new suit.

Or that time Hall of Famer Dave Winfield was traded for dinner. Seriously, Winfield was traded to the Indians during the 1994 season for a player to be named later. When the strike shortened the season, Twins execs treated the Tribe execs to a dinner to call the deal square.

If you're into reading up on more of the weirdest trades in history, check out a full roundup right here.