Every year at the trade deadline, MLB teams that are out of playoff contention send their top players to contenders in exchange for young talent and minor league prospects. Sometimes, those prospects end up becoming big names themselves. Here are some notable stars that were included as prospects in deals at the trade deadline.
July 31, 1989: The Seattle Mariners traded Mark Langston and a player to be named (Mike Campbell) to the Montreal Expos for Gene Harris, Brian Holman and Randy Johnson. Johnson, then a second-year pro, went on to average a 3.29 ERA with six teams over 22 seasons. He finished his career with a 303-166 record, five Cy Young awards and one World Series ring, won with the 2001 Arizona Diamondbacks. He’s second all-time in strikeouts with 4,875.
FREDDY GARCIA AND CARLOS GUILLEN
July 31, 1998: The Seattle Mariners traded Randy Johnson to the Houston Astros for Freddy Garcia, infielder Carlos Guillen and John Halama. Garcia had yet to reach the bigs, but the Mariners saw an immediate return on their investment when the 22-year-old rookie went 17-8 in 1999. The two-time All-Star had a 156-108 record with a 4.15 ERA over 15 years. He started the World Series-winning Game 4 as a member of the 2005 Chicago White Sox. Guillen, who played 10 games in 1998, became a three-time All-Star and a career .285 hitter.
July 31, 1999: The Mets traded pitcher Jason Isringhausen and Greg McMichael to the Oakland Athletics for Billy Taylor. Isringhausen (51-55, 300 saves, 3.64 ERA in 16 years) spent his first three big-league years with the Mets before an injury kept him out of baseball in 1998. He rebounded with the A’s, becoming an All-Star closer in 2000, and again in 2005 with the St. Louis Cardinals. He became a World Series champ with the ’06 Cards. He finished with 300 saves.
July 26, 2000: The Philadelphia Phillies traded Curt Schilling to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Omar Daal, Nelson Figueroa, Travis Lee and Vicente Padilla. Padilla, then in his second year, went on to become a 2002 All-Star with the Phillies. He was the winning pitcher in the Dodgers’ NLDS clincher against the Cardinals in 2009. He finished his MLB career, which spanned five teams, with a 108-91 record and a 4.32 ERA in 14 years.
July 31, 2002: The San Diego Padres traded Jason Middlebrook and Steve Reed to the Mets for Josh Reynolds, outfielder Jason Bay and Bobby Jones. Bay hadn’t cracked a big-league lineup before the Mets shipped him off. The outfielder was a three-time All-Star when he returned to the Mets in 2010. He averaged .266 with 1,200 hits over his 11-year career, which spanned five teams, including the Pittsburgh Pirates and Boston Red Sox.
July 30, 2003: The Cincinnati Reds traded Jose Guillen to the Oakland Athletics for pitcher Aaron Harang, Jeff Bruksch and Joe Valentine. Harang, then in his second year, made a name for himself in eight seasons with the Reds (75-80, 4.28 ERA). He had stints with the Padres, Dodgers, Mariners and Mets before joining the Braves. He is currently 9-6 with a 3.31 ERA this season.
July 30, 2004: The Mets traded Jose Diaz and pitcher Scott Kazmir to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays Victor Zambrano and Bartolome Fortunato. Kazmir, who never pitched for the Mets, became Tampa’s ace and an All-Star in 2006 and 2008. Kazmir, also a 2014 All-Star with Oakland, is in the middle of his best year. The 30-year-old is 12-3 with a 2.37 ERA in 129.1 innings pitched.
July 30, 2004: The Kansas City Royals traded outfielder Jose Bautista to the Mets for Justin Huber. Bautista became a five-time All-Star, while Huber totaled 36 career hits in parts of five seasons. That same day, the Mets packaged Bautista with Matt Peterson and Ty Wigginton and sent them to Pittsburgh for Kris Benson and Jeff Keppinger. Bautista found his groove in 2010 with Toronto and led the AL in homers that season (54) and 2011 (43).
July 31, 2007: The Texas Rangers traded pitcher Eric Gagne and cash considerations to the Boston Red Sox for Engel Beltre, Kason Gabbard and outfielder David Murphy. Murphy, then having played parts of two MLB seasons, is the only one in this trade still in MLB. The outfielder reached the World Series with the Rangers in 2010 and 2011. The 32-year-old is batting .250 with 80 hits in his first season in Cleveland after spending the last seven in Texas.
ELVIS ANDRUS, MATT HARRISON, NEFTALI FELIZ
July 31, 2007: The Texas Rangers traded Ron Mahay and Mark Teixeira to the Atlanta Braves for Beau Jones, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, shortstop Elvis Andrus, and pitchers Neftali Feliz and Matt Harrison. Andrus, Feliz and Harrison, who have an average age of 26, have four combined All-Star appearances and are all still with the Rangers. Andrus (.273 average in six years) and Feliz (10-8, 2.59 ERA in six years) played in the 2010 and 2011 World Series, while Harrison (49-33, 4.15 ERA in seven years) only played in 2011.
July 28, 2011: The Mets traded Carlos Beltran and cash considerations to the San Francisco Giants for Zack Wheeler. Wheeler, the sixth overall pick in 2009, was 7-5 with a 3.42 ERA as a rookie last year. The 24-year-old, who is 5-8 this year, is expected to play a contributing role in the Mets’ future.
July 30, 2011: The Baltimore Orioles traded Koji Uehara to the Texas Rangers for infielder Chris Davis and Tommy Hunter. Davis’ numbers declined after playing parts of two years and he was dealt after parts of two more. The 28-year-old, who was left off the postseason roster when the Rangers went to the World Series in 2010, hit his stride in Baltimore and was a 2013 All-Star. Davis led the AL in home runs (53) and RBIs (138) in 2013.