MLB groups at all times have large selections to make on the commerce deadline that would alter their franchises for the brief and long run. And so they hope their trades prove higher than these 25 transactions from MLB deadline historical past.
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1988: Yankees commerce Jay Buhner to the Mariners for Ken Phelps
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This commerce is without doubt one of the most well-known in MLB historical past for being the topic of Frank Costanza’s ire towards George Steinbrenner in a 1996 episode of “Seinfeld .” And Frank was proper. Phelps hit effectively for the Yankees down the stretch (.224/.339/551) however noticed his stats plummet the next yr, whereas Buhner went on to have a terrific profession in Seattle. Enjoying for the M’s from 1988-2001, he hit 310 profession residence runs and received one Gold Glove in proper area.
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1988: Purple Sox commerce Curt Schilling and Brady Anderson to the Orioles for Mike Boddicker
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Sure for the playoffs, Boston traded two promising prospects in Schilling and Anderson for Boddicker. Boddicker definitely did his job after being acquired, posting a 2.63 ERA in 89 innings, nearly all as a starter, after which throwing greater than 200 innings in every of the following two seasons. Nevertheless, the O’s obtained greater than truthful worth within the deal, as Schilling blossomed into one of many recreation’s greatest pitchers (albeit a few years down the street with different groups), and Anderson performed 14 seasons with Baltimore, making three All-Star appearances and hitting 50 residence runs in 1996.
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1989: Rangers commerce Sammy Sosa to the White Sox for Harold Baines
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Baines was a productive DH for the Rangers over two seasons however definitely not value the price of Sosa. Sosa confirmed good uncooked energy on the time and was ultimately traded by the White Sox to the Cubs earlier than the 1992 season for George Bell. The remaining is historical past, as Sosa hit 609 profession residence runs, together with greater than 60 residence runs twice.
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1995: Blue Jays commerce David Cone to the Yankees for Marty Janzen, Jason Jarvis, and Mike Gordon
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As of late Cone is acclaimed in New York as a broadcaster, however he was additionally a terrific pitcher for his time with the Yanks. The appropriate-hander made two All-Star appearances whereas pitching elements of six seasons for the Yankees after getting traded on the 1995 deadline, together with a 20-win season in 1998. He additionally helped the crew win 4 World Sequence, whereas no prospects in Toronto’s return panned out.
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1997: Giants commerce Keith Foulke and Bob Howry to the White Sox for pitching
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San Francisco strengthened its pitching employees by buying Wilson Alvarez, Danny Darwin and Roberto Hernandez from Chicago in 1997, but it surely was at an ideal value. Foulke and Howry had been amongst a bundle of six gamers and went on to change into strong main league relievers. Foulke recorded 191 profession saves and helped the 2004 Purple Sox break the curse, whereas Howry had a 3.84 ERA and 66 saves over 13 seasons. San Francisco obtained little from its acquisitions and was swept by the Marlins within the 1997 LDS.
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1997: Mariners commerce Derek Lowe and Jason Varitek to the Purple Sox for Healthcliff Slocumb
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It appears unlikely Boston would have damaged the curse and received the World Sequence in 2004 with out this commerce. The Purple Sox took benefit of Seattle’s desperation for a reliever by buying Lowe and Varitek. Lowe made two All-Star appearances in eight seasons with the Purple Sox and was a key member of the crew’s 2004 World Sequence run. Varitek ultimately grew to become crew captain and had 15 productive seasons behind the plate with three All-Star appearances. Slocumb had a 5.79 ERA on the time of the commerce however did pitch a bit higher after the deal as Seattle’s nearer. He caught round Seattle for yet another season, with a 5.32 ERA in 1998.
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1998: Dodgers commerce Paul Konerko to the Reds for Jeff Shaw
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One of many recreation’s high closers, Shaw was shipped to the Dodgers on the 1998 deadline for 2 promising prospects. Shaw was a strong nearer in L.A. for the following few years, however the price was nice. Konerko briefly performed for the Reds earlier than he was traded to the White Sox for Mike Cameron after the 1998 season and went on to have an amazing profession with 439 residence runs and 6 All-Star appearances. Cameron was a superb participant in his personal proper over 17 seasons however spent just one season in Cincinnati earlier than getting traded to Seattle within the Ken Griffey Jr. deal.
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2000: Indians commerce Richie Sexson to the Mariners for pitching
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A high first base prospect and 31 residence run hitter in 1999, Sexson was blocked in Cleveland by Jim Thome. The Indians used him as a commerce chip to accumulate Jason Bere, Bob Wickman and Steve Woodard. Amongst that group, solely Wickman proved to be a significant asset. Sexson continued to be an elite energy hitter for the remainder of his profession, hitting 30-plus residence runs six instances and making two All-Star appearances.
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2000: Blue Jays commerce Michael Younger to the Rangers for Esteban Loaiza
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Younger wasn’t regarded as a high prospect when the Rangers netted him for Loaiza in 2000. He emerged as one of many recreation’s greatest hitters throughout his profession, making seven All-Star appearances and main the league in hits twice. Younger hit .300 for his profession over 14 seasons and likewise hit greater than 20 residence runs 4 instances. Loaiza did pitch effectively for Toronto in 2000 (3.62 ERA in 14 begins) however struggled within the Jays rotation the next two seasons.
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2003: Marlins commerce Adrian Gonzalez to the Rangers for Ugueth Urbina
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Despite the fact that Ugueth Urbina helped the Marlins win the 2003 World Sequence as a key reliever, the price was extreme. Gonzalez was the primary general choose within the 2000 draft and went on to change into a star after leaving Texas. Amongst his profession accolades over 15 seasons had been 5 All-Star appearances, 4 Gold Gloves and two Silver Sluggers with greater than 2,000 hits.
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2003: Pirates commerce Aramis Ramirez and Kenny Lofton to the Cubs for 3 gamers
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It is not clear why the Pirates traded Ramirez, their 25-year-old third baseman, but it surely’s a transfer they definitely regretted. In return for Ramirez and Lofton, the Pirates obtained Matt Bruback, Jose Hernandez, and Bobby Hill. None of these gamers ever made a significant contribution in Pittsburgh, whereas Lofton performed effectively down the stretch in 2003 and Ramirez grew to become one of many Cubs greatest third basemen ever. Over 9 seasons, he hit .294-239-804 and made two All-Star appearances.
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2004: Mets commerce Scott Kazmir to the Satan Rays for Victor Zambrano
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The implications of this commerce have lengthy since handed, however Mets followers nonetheless curse this deal. Kazmir was one in every of baseball’s greatest pitching prospects when the Mets traded him to Tampa Bay for Zambrano. Zambrano had no management, main MLB in walks twice, and solely lasted within the league a couple of extra years in consequence. He posted a 4.42 ERA in 201.2 innings over three seasons with the Mets, whereas Kazmir went on to change into the Satan Rays ace and two-time All-Star rep earlier than getting traded 5 years later.
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2006: Astros traded Ben Zobrist to the Satan Rays for Aubrey Huff
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Zobrist wasn’t a big-time prospect when the Astros traded him for Huff in 2006. After a couple of years struggling on the plate, Zobrist grew to become one of many recreation’s high gamers in 2009 by hitting .297-27-91 with a .948 OPS and continued to be an enormous a part of Tampa Bay’s emergence via 2014 and received a pair of World Sequence rings after leaving. Huff completed the 2006 season in Houston, hitting .250-13-38 in 68 video games earlier than signing with Baltimore within the offseason.
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2006: Brewers commerce Nelson Cruz and Carlos Lee to the Rangers
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Milwaukee was in a position to purchase a bundle of Francisco Cordero, Kevin Mench, Laynce Nix, and Julian Cordero from Texas for Cruz and Lee on the 2006 deadline. Whereas the group was good for Texas, solely Cordero was a significant contributor in Milwaukee. Cruz grew to become one of many league’s premier energy hitters three years later and has been on an elite 11-year energy run, and Lee was additionally productive down the stretch in 2006 earlier than signing with Houston.
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2007: Braves commerce prospects to the Rangers for Mark Teixeira
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Teixeira was an amazing participant for the Rangers over four-plus seasons, hitting not less than 30 residence runs 4 instances, however the haul Texas obtained from Atlanta was franchise-altering. The Rangers obtained Elvis Andrus, Neftali Feliz, Matt Harrison, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Beau Jones for Teixeira and Ron Mahay. The group helped the Rangers advance to 2 World Sequence, and Andrus stays in Texas as one in every of its all-time greatest gamers.
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2008: Cubs commerce Josh Donaldson and three different prospects to the A’s for Wealthy Harden
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Oakland GM Billy Beane bought excessive on the oft-injured Harden on the 2008 deadline, getting a powerful four-player prospect bundle in return. Harden was glorious on the finish of 2008 (1.77 ERA in 12 begins) however was by no means the identical after that season. The A’s did not get nice manufacturing out of three of the gamers they obtained, however Donaldson greater than made up for it. The transformed catcher completed within the high eight in AL MVP voting with Oakland in 2013 and 2014 earlier than getting traded to Toronto and successful the award in 2015.
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2010: Padres commerce Corey Kluber and one other prospect in a three-way commerce to Cleveland for Ryan Ludwick
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Cleveland traded starter Jake Westbrook in a three-team deal, netting the Indians a former fourth-round choose in Kluber. Kluber ultimately grew to become an ace for the Indians, successful the AL Cy Younger in 2014 and 2017.
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2011: Rangers commerce Chris Davis and Tommy Hunter to the Orioles for Koji Uehara
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Uehara was a dominant reliever for 2 years in Baltimore main as much as his commerce to Texas. He continued to pitch effectively, however Baltimore’s acquisition of Davis and Hunter set the crew as much as compete for the following few years. Hunter was a strong reliever for the Orioles, whereas Davis led the AL in residence runs in 2013 and 2015.
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2012: Angels commerce Jean Segura and two different prospects to the Brewers for Zack Greinke
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The Angels added Greinke for the 2012 stretch run earlier than he left in free company. Whereas he was a strong contributor (3.53 ERA in 13 begins), they gave up an ideal future piece in Segura. The shortstop went on to change into a star in Milwaukee the next yr and continues to be one of many recreation’s most constant infielders, making two All-Star appearances and main the NL with 203 hits in 2016.
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2012: Rangers commerce Kyle Hendricks to the Cubs for Ryan Dempster
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The Cubs traded the 35-year-old Dempster to Texas for a middling pitching prospect in 2012 as they continued their rebuild. Dempster had a 2.25 ERA in 16 begins earlier than the commerce however was horrible in Texas, posting a 5.09 ERA in 12 begins. Hendricks arrived to the majors two years after the commerce and was a lot better than anticipated, posting a 3.14 ERA over 162 begins over his first six MLB seasons regardless of subpar velocity.
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Baltimore was prepared to surrender two pitchers who weren’t fulfilling expectations for one having a profession yr in Feldman. Feldman closed out the common season with a 4.27 ERA in 15 begins, however Baltimore doubtless regretted the transfer after what Arrieta and Strop produced in Chicago. Arrieta grew to become an ace the next yr and received the NL Cy Younger in 2015. He had a outstanding 2.73 ERA in 128 begins with the Cubs. Strop continues to be going sturdy within the Cubs pen, with a 2.78 ERA and 28 saves in 390 appearances over seven seasons.
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2015: Braves commerce seven gamers to the Dodgers for Hector Olivera and prospects
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The Dodgers pulled off an unbelievable heist in 2015 in a commerce that additionally concerned Atlanta and Miami. Going to L.A. had been Alex Wood, Jose Peraza, Jim Johnson, Luis Avilan, Bronson Arroyo, Mat Latos and Mike Morse. Not one of the prospects the Dodgers traded has panned out, and Olivera’s MLB profession successfully ended after h e got into trouble off the field. Wooden pitched like an ace at instances for L.A. from 2015-2018, whereas Avilan was additionally a productive a part of its bullpen.
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The Marlins curiously tried to make a run in 2016, buying Cashner on the deadline. The hard-throwing right-hander could not have pitched a lot worse, with a 5.98 ERA in 52.2 innings, and the Marlins completed effectively out of the playoff image. Together with Castillo and Naylor, Miami traded pitchers Jarred Cosart and Carter Capps. Castillo has gone on to change into an ace, albeit after the Padres traded him to Cincinnati for Dan Straily, and Naylor might even have a brilliant future as a hitter. The Marlins did obtain pitchers Tayron Guerrero and Colin Rea within the deal, who’ve each made main league contributions.
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Melancon established himself as among the finest closers within the recreation, however the Pirates performed the lengthy recreation along with his pending free company and cashed in on the commerce deadline. In return, Pittsburgh obtained a struggling younger reliever in Rivero (later generally known as Felipe Vazquez) who emerged because the crew’s nearer only one yr later. Vazquez was a dominant nearer earlier than working into main authorized hassle in 2019. Hearn additionally grew to become one in every of Pittsburgh’s greatest pitching prospects earlier than getting shipped to Texas in 2018 for Keone Kela.
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It was unclear if the Rays would lastly commerce Archer in 2018, with not less than yet another yr of crew management remaining and nonetheless sporting a aggressive crew. They had been apparently blown away by the Pirates supply, getting two of Pittsburgh’s most proficient younger gamers and their 2017 first-round choose. Glasnow and Meadows have been even higher than hoped for the reason that deal. Glasnow had a dominant 2019 season with the Rays, although he is missed time with harm, whereas Meadows was an All-Star in 2019. Archer has floundered in Pittsburgh and compelled to overlook all of 2020 as a consequence of harm.