The trade season has gotten underway without them. On Sunday, the
While the fans of Los Angeles wait to see whether the Dodgers trade for Cole Hamels or
Keep in mind that the trade season does not end when July does. Trades still can be made in August, although players must first clear waivers, and in September, although players acquired then are not eligible for postseason play.
Dodgers trades: Three July victories
July 31, 2008: Dodgers acquire outfielder
This might have been the greatest giveaway in baseball history. Under owner
July 24, 2012: Dodgers acquire shortstop Hanley Ramirez and pitcher
Eovaldi would look mighty nice in the Dodgers rotation right now, but this trade nonetheless rates as a huge victory. Just as they did with Manny Ramirez, the Dodgers got an elite hitter with a questionable disposition. But this was different too. The Dodgers took on all of the $36 million owed to Hanley Ramirez, evidence to the baseball world that the McCourt era was buried and the Guggenheim cash was flowing, and they got the considerable competitive advantage of playing an excellent hitter at a premium defensive position. Hanley Ramirez did not play the position well, but he finished eighth in NL most-valuable-player voting in 2013 and hit .500 in a division series. A fastball to his rib cage all but ended the Dodgers' hopes in the league championship series, and his time in L.A. ended badly, as it did for Manny Ramirez, but a great trade nonetheless.
July 31, 2004: Dodgers acquire outfielder Steve Finley and catcher Brent Mayne from the
Finley's Dodgers career was defined by one grand moment: a walk-off slam he hit on the next-to-last day of the season to clinch the Dodgers' first playoff berth in eight years. Frank and Jamie McCourt, then married, danced on the field after the game. But this trade is most memorable for what the Dodgers did not do: after the 39-year-old Finley hit 13 home runs in 58 games for the Dodgers, they did not re-sign him despite his productivity and September glory. The Angels signed him for two years and $13 million, and he was gone after one year. He was 40. Who knew?
Dodgers trades: Three July losses
July 4, 1998: Dodgers acquire pitcher Jeff Shaw from the
That the Dodgers surrendered a top prospect in Konerko for a closer in Shaw when they were eight games out of a playoff spot was curious enough. But Tom Lasorda, in his second week as interim general manager, also was unaware that Shaw had the right to demand a trade at the end of the season. Shaw used his leverage to get a new contract from the Dodgers, but they never made the playoffs with him. Eric Karros had blocked Konerko at first base in L.A., but Karros' decline started in 2000, and Konerko went on to hit 439 home runs, nearly all with the
July 30, 2004: Dodgers acquire pitchers
To this day,
July 26, 2008: Dodgers acquire third baseman Casey Blake from the
The Dodgers were a game under .500 but also a game out of first place, so they wanted to win. But they had no money, so Frank McCourt decreed that any trades could not increase the payroll. When the Dodgers had the framework of a
Angels trades: Three July victories
July 29, 2008: Angels acquire first baseman
This was the first summer after the eight-year reign of Bill Stoneman, who made his big deals in the off-season. The Angels delighted their fans by landing Teixeira, who batted .358 with 13 home runs in 54 games. They did it relatively cheaply, too. Marek was a middle relief prospect. Kotchman was their 25-year-old starting first baseman, but the Angels had
July 19, 2014: Angels acquire pitchers
July 29, 1997: Angels acquire pitcher Ken Hill from the
The Angels did incredibly well in this trade — in the season they made it, that is. Hill gave the upstart Angels a boost in the starting rotation. He had a 3.65 ERA in Anaheim that year, the ERA of the other six pitchers to start most often ranged from 4.23 to 6.00. The trade also cleared the catching spot for power-hitting prospect Todd Greene, who hit nine home runs in 34 games. But Hill signed for another three years and $16 million, and his performance fell so far the Angels dumped him before his contract expired. Greene, plagued by injuries, never fulfilled his considerable potential.
Angels trades: Three July losses
July 31, 1996: Angels acquire pitcher Greg Gohr from the
After five years of waiting for the touted Easley to deliver performance worthy of the hype, the Angels dumped him on the Tigers in the classic change-of-scenery trade. Gohr, a first-round pick drafted just ahead of Tom Goodwin and Mo Vaughn, won one game for the Angels in 1996 and never again pitched in the major leagues. Easley? He hit 22 home runs for the Tigers in 1997, 27 in 1998, 20 in 1999 while the Angels were running through Randy Velarde, Luis Alicea, Norberto Martin, Justin Baughman, Jeff Huson and Trent Durrington at second base. Easley retired in 2008, a dozen years after Gohr.
July 27, 2012: Angels acquire pitcher Zack Greinke from the Brewers for infielder
This trade would be judged a success under one of two conditions: the Angels made the playoffs in 2012 or they signed Greinke that off-season. Neither happened. The Angels finished five games out of first place in 2012 and then lavished their off-season bounty on outfielder
July 27, 1995: Angels acquire pitchers Jim Abbott and Tim Fortugno from the White Sox for pitchers Andrew Lorraine, Bill Simas and John Snyder, and outfielder McKay Christensen.
At the time, this trade looked as if the Angels were bolstering their starting rotation for the playoffs. They brought back Abbott, even producing souvenir buttons to commemorate their reunion with the fan favorite, to join Chuck Finley and Mark Langston atop the rotation. The Angels had an eight-game lead on the day of the trade, a lead that expanded to 11 games two weeks later, before staging one of the greatest collapses in baseball history. Abbott pitched well as the team fell apart around him, but then the Angels re-signed him for three years and $7.8 million, and he fell apart the next year. He was 2-18 in 1996 and sat out 1997, a painful experience for a popular and unusually accountable athlete.
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