"People are like, 'I'd kill myself' and stuff," Odom said at the time, seemingly brushing off the unorthodox trade.
But three weeks after the trade, the pitcher left his team. And, six months later, he was dead.
Now, some who knew Odom are saying the trade may have contributed to his downfall.
"I guarantee this trade thing really bothered him. That really worried me," said Dan Shwam, who managed Odom last year on the Laredo Broncos of the United League. "I really believe, knowing his background, that this drove him back to the bottle, that it put him on the road to drugs again."
Shwam added: "There were some demons chasing him, they'd been after him for a long time. But there's no way to really know whether the trade did it, is there?"
The AP story about Odom is a great read, tracking his rise and fall and puts a human face on the sad tale.