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Yankees shortstop Luis Sojo makes the throw to (Credit: AP)

Yankees shortstop Luis Sojo makes the throw to first against the Kansas City Royals. (April 5, 2001)

Yankees acquisitions after July 31

Even though July 31 is referred to as Major League Baseball's trade deadline, teams are still allowed to trade players in August and September, provided the players clear waivers first. Here are some notable players the Yankees have acquired after July 31 in recent seasons.

LUIS SOJO August 22, 1996: Claimed off waivers
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LUIS SOJO
August 22, 1996: Claimed off waivers from Seattle
1996 with Seattle: .211 average, .244 OBP, .263 slugging percentage
1996 with the Yankees: .275 average, .286 OBP, .325 slugging percentage
The Yankees first acquired the versatile Sojo in 1996. Though primarily a second baseman, Sojo played all four infield positions during a seven-year career with the team. |

GRAEME LLOYD August 23, 1996: Acquired from Milwaukee
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GRAEME LLOYD
August 23, 1996: Acquired from Milwaukee via trade
1996 with Milwaukee: 2.82 ERA, 4.2 K/9, 1.29 WHIP
Yankees career (1996-1998): 3.51 ERA, 5.1 K/9, 1.34 WHIP
The Yankees sent Bob Wickman and Gerald Williams to the Brewers in return for Lloyd late in the 1996 season. The 6-8 Australian lefty was a key contributor to the Yankees bullpen for three seasons, particularly during the postseason where he won two World Series titles. Lloyd did not allow a run in 13 playoff appearances for the Yankees while allowing only two hits and no walks. |

CHARLIE HAYES August 30, 1996: Acquired from Pittsburgh
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CHARLIE HAYES
August 30, 1996: Acquired from Pittsburgh via trade
1996 with Pittsburgh: .248 average, .301 OBP, .368 slugging percentage
1996 with the Yankees: .284 average, .294 OBP, .418 slugging percentage
Hayes, who had previously spent 1992 with the Yankees, rejoined the team in 1996. He split time with Wade Boggs at third during the season's final month in 1996 and the 1997 season, but his most memorable moment as a Yankee may have been his game-winning catch to cinch the 1996 World Series. |

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JOSE CANSECO August 7, 2000: Claimed off waivers
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JOSE CANSECO
August 7, 2000: Claimed off waivers from Tampa Bay
2000 with Tampa Bay: .257 average, .383 OBP, .450 slugging percentage
1996 with the Yankees: .243 average, .365 OBP. .432 slugging percentage
The power-hitting Canseco started 31 games for the Yankees. He hit six home runs during his two-month stint in the Bronx. |

LUIS SOJO August 7, 2000: Acquired from Pittsburgh
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LUIS SOJO
August 7, 2000: Acquired from Pittsburgh via trade
2000 with Pittsburgh: .284 average, .328 OBP, .432 slugging percentage
2000 with the Yankees: .288 average, .321 OBP, .408 slugging percentage
Sojo left the Yankees after the 1999 season, signing with Pittsburgh as a free agent. On August 7, 2000 (the same day the team acquired Canseco), the Yankees reacquired the infielder. His biggest moment of the season came in Game 5 of the World Series against the Mets, when he singled in the go-ahead runs during the ninth inning to break a 2-2 tie (pictured). |

JEFF NELSON August 6, 2003: Acquired from Seattle
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JEFF NELSON
August 6, 2003: Acquired from Seattle via trade
2003 with Seattle: 3.35 ERA, 11.2 K/9, 1.27 WHIP
2003 with the Yankees: 4.58 ERA, 10.7 K/9, 1.53 WHIP
Nelson returned to the Bronx in 2003 in exchange for Armando Benitez, who had been acquired from the Mets three weeks earlier. During his first Yankees stint, from 1996-2001, Nelson was a key member of a bullpen that helped the team win four World Series titles. His return was less successful, but he did post a 2.57 postseason ERA for the 2003 AL champions. |

JOHN OLERUD August 3, 2004: Signed as a
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JOHN OLERUD
August 3, 2004: Signed as a free agent
2004 with Seattle: .245 average, .354 OBP, .360 slugging percentage
2004 with the Yankees: .280 average, .367 OBP, .396 slugging percentage
Olerud signed with the Yankees in 2004 to fill in at first base for Jason Giambi, who would miss 49 while recovering from a benign tumor. He had been released by Seattle in late July, but played well with the Yankees, hitting .280 with a .367 OBP. |

CHAD GAUDIN August 7, 2009: Purchased from San
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CHAD GAUDIN
August 7, 2009: Purchased from San Diego
2009 with San Diego: 5.13 ERA, 9.0 K/9, 1.53 WHIP
2009 with the Yankees: 3.43 ERA, 7.3 K/9, 1.45 WHIP
The Yankees acquired Gaudin from the Padres for cash considerations in August 2009. He made six starts for and five relief appearances, posting a 3.43 ERA, despite less than stellar peripherals (7.3 K/9, 4.3 BB/9, 1.5 HR/9). He also made a relief appearance in the postseason en route to a World Series championship. |

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DEREK LOWE August 13, 2012: Signed as a
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DEREK LOWE
August 13, 2012: Signed as a free agent
2012 with Cleveland: 5.52 ERA, 3.1 K/9, 1.69 WHIP
2012 with the Yankees: 3.04 ERA, 5.3 K/9, 1.29 WHIP
Lowe signed with the Yankees in mid-August of last year and returned to the bullpen as a full-time reliever for the first time since 2001. In 17 appearances, Lowe posted a 3.04 ERA, with a strong walk rate of 2.3 walks per nine innings. |

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