Five Biggest Deadline Deal Hauls Of The Past Decade




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Not every deadline prospect haul fails to deliver future value. Here's a look at five deadline deals (July 15-31) from 2001-11 that have paid off most handsomely for the team receiving prospects.

July 30, 2007


Rangers receive SS Elvis Andrus, LHP Matt Harrison and Beau Jones, RHP Neftali Feliz and C Jarrod Saltalamacchia from Braves for 1B Mark Teixeira and LHP Ron Mahay.

What BA said at the time: "The Rangers got a potential franchise building block in Saltalamacchia, a polished lefthander at Double-A in Harrison and lots of projection—a good haul for a player of Teixeira's stature and contract status."

What Happened: Teixeira was just as good as the Braves had hoped over the remainder of the 2007 season, but Atlanta failed to make the playoffs and ended up shipping him to the Angels during the 2008 season for Casey Kotchman. Andrus reached the big leagues as a 20-year-old and has made two all-star teams. Feliz reached the big leagues in 2009, was an AL all-star and rookie of the year in 2010. Harrison joined the Rangers rotation in 2008 and has stayed there pretty much ever since, earning his first all-star appearance this year. Saltalamacchia never panned out in Texas, but he's found success with the Red Sox.

Career WAR from prospects involved in deal: 23.5

July 31, 2002

Padres receive OF Jason Bay, LHP Bobby M. Jones and RHP Josh Reynolds from Mets for RHPs Steve Reed and Jason Middlebrooks.

What BA said at the time: "It wasn't a blockbuster by any means, but the Mets and Padres exchanged some interesting players in the first deal on Wednesday . . . In 102 games between Double-A Binghamton and high Class A St. Lucie in 2002, Bay has hit .272-13-73 with 34 steals in 39 attempts. He has some gap power and on-base skills, runs well for a 6-foot-2, 200-pounder and has a strong arm that's an asset in right field."

What Happened: Bay never fully established himself in San Diego, but that winter the Padres were able to trade him for outfielder Brian Giles and lefthander Oliver Perez. While Perez's lows outnumbered his highs, Giles was a solid addition for the Padres for several years. With the Pirates, Bay turned into one of the league's better outfielders.

Career WAR from prospects involved in the deal: 22.7

July 26, 2006

Indians receive OF Shin-Soo Choo and LHP Shawn Nottingham from Mariners for 1B/OF Ben Broussard

What BA said at the time: "Seattle may rue trading a pair of potential big league regulars in Asdrubal Cabrera (traded to Cleveland in an earlier deal) and Choo to get a DH platoon. While the Mariners are just three games back in the American League West, they're also 48-52 and in fourth place."

What Happened:
The Mariners playoff push never really got started. Seattle finished the season at 78-84 in the same fourth place they were when the acquired Broussard. Choo outproduced Broussard over the remainder of the season and has become a fixture in Cleveland's outfield.

Career WAR from prospects involved in the deal: 20.1

July 30, 2003


Reds receive RHPs Aaron Harang, Joe Valentine and Jeff Bruksch from Athletics for OF Jose Guillen.


What BA said at the time:
"Athletics general manager Billy Beane has made his first deadline deal of 2003. It's not his usual jaw-dropper, so there might be more to come. But he did take a step toward improving Oakland's offense by getting Jose Guillen from the Reds."

What Happened: Guillen was slugging .629 for the Reds at the time of the trade, but he struggled down the stretch with the A's before leaving via free agency. Harang figured out how to pitch in Great American Ballpark, putting together a stretch in the middle of the decade where he was one of the more reliable starters in the NL. He finished fourth in Cy Young voting in 2007.

Career WAR from prospects involved in the deal: 17.7

July 30, 2004

Rays receive LHP Scott Kazmir and RHP Joselo Diaz from Mets for RHPs Victor Zambrano and Bartolome Fortunato.

What BA said at the time: "While the Devil Rays have had success developing everyday players, they haven't had the same luck bringing pitchers to the major leagues. That trend could change after they pulled off a stunning trade."

What Happened: Rarely has a trade been more universally panned at the time Zambrano's control problems continued in New York (and then he had Tommy John surgery the next year) while Kazmir quickly became the Rays ace. The diminutive lefty's peak didn't last long, as his velocity diminished and he was out of the big leagues by the time he was 27, but by then he had made a pair of all-star appearances

Career WAR from prospects involved in the deal: 15.2