As the trade deadline approaches Sunday, we take a look back at ten of the best trade deadline deals of the past decade.
10. Jermaine Dye – He was traded to Colorado Rockies for Neifi Perez then quickly dealt to the Oakland A’s for three prospects. In 61 games, he hit .297, with 13 homers and 59 runs batted in as the A’s won the wild card.
9. Mark Teixeira – Traded to the Angels from the Braves for Casey Kotchman and pitching prospect Stephen Marek. He hit .358 with 13 homers and 43 runs batted in. With Teixeira, the Angels won 100 games for the first time in franchise history and captured the AL West.
8. Matt Holliday – The Cardinals acquired Holliday from the A’s for Brett Wallace, Clayton Mortensen and prospect Shane Peterson. He hit .353, with 13 homers and 55 runs batted in 63 games. The Cardinals went on to win the NL Central and locked him up the following off-season for 7 years and 120 million.
7. C.C. Sabathia – Was dealt to the Milwaukee Brewers from the Cleveland Indians for Matt LaPorta, Zach Jackson, Rob Bryson and Taylor Green. He was lights out down the stretch going 11-2 with a 1.65 era. Putting the Brewers on his back, they went on to capture the wild card spot.
6. Jason Bay/ Manny Ramirez – In a blockbuster three team trade, the Dodgers got Manny Ramirez, the Red Sox got Jason Bay and the Pirates got Brandon Moss, Craig Hansen, Andy LaRoche and prospect Bryan Morris. This trade worked out for both contending teams, Manny hit .396 with 17 homers and 53 runs batted in while Bay hit .293 with 9 homers and 37 runs batted in. Both teams would go on to reach their respective championship series.
5. Aaron Boone – Cincinnati sent Boone to the Yankees for Brandon Claussen and Charlie Manning. This move was one that didn’t prove huge for the regular season but provided a historical post season moment. After hitting .254 in the regular season, he still struggled in the postseason until one at bat in the 11th inning of game 7 of the 2003 ALCS. He took a Tim Wakefield knuckleball and caromed it off the foul pole to clinch the Yankees a spot in the World Series.
4. Cliff Lee (2010) – One of two trades he was involved in the past few trade deadlines, this one sent him to Texas from Seattle for Justin Smoak, Blake Beavan, Josh Lueke and a prospect Matthew Lawson. He was sub par at best in the regular season going 4-6 with 3.98 era. The post season was where he shined going 3-0 in the first two rounds and propelling the Rangers to their first American League pennant to team history.
3. Carlos Beltran – His name being one of the most notable at this deadline, his acquisition was a game changer for the Astros in 2004. He was dealt from Kansas City to Houston for John Buck and cash. When he arrived he delivered in Houston, hitting 23 home runs and stealing 28 bases. But that was nothing compared to his postseason performance, where he hit .433 with a single season record 8 homers and 14 rbis. These monumental contributions provided excitement in Houston as they reached the NLCS.
2. Cliff Lee (2009) – After winning the World Series in 2008, the Phillies were looking to add another starting pitcher to join Cole Hamels in the rotation. They found that pitcher in Cliff Lee when they acquired him from Cleveland for Carlos Carrasco, Jason Donald, Jason Knapp and Lou Marson. Phillies fans fell in love with him when he posted a 5-0 record and a 0.68 era in his first five starts. Lee transformed himself into a big game pitcher with a great post season as helped the Phillies reach the World Series for the 2nd consecutive year. He went 2-0 in the first two rounds of the playoffs and opened the ’09 World Series with a complete game shutout.
1. Curt Schilling – When the Phillies were struggling in the early part of the decade they parted ways with Schilling to Arizona for Omar Daal, Nelson Figueroa, Travis Lee and Vincente Padilla. The first season in Arizona wasn’t great as he went 5-6 with a 3.69 era. A fresh start in 2001 season was all he needed, as he and Randy Johnson would terrorize hitters all the way to the World Series. A 22-6 record in the regular season and a 4-1 record in the postseason earned him World Series MVP honors and the Diamondbacks their first championship.