Friday, July 29, 2011
A look back at last year's trade deadline
By Justin Havens
With two days before the July 31 trade deadline, it's worth taking a look back at what happened in the week leading up to last year's deadline.
• There were 25 trades made last year from July 25-31, and more than half (13) took place on the day of the deadline.
• The two most notable players who were dealt were starting pitchers Dan Haren and Roy Oswalt, and both improved considerably with their new teams.
After being traded from Arizona to the Angels, Haren’s ERA went from 4.60 to 2.87, and his WHIP dropped from 1.35 to 1.16. Oswalt was 6-12 with a 3.42 ERA with the Houston Astros before being shipped to the Phillies. In Philadelphia, Oswalt went 7-1 with a 1.74 ERA and a WHIP under one (0.90).
• 13 of the 25 trades made in the final week of July involved at least one playoff team.
• Eight of those 25 trades involved a major-league reliever. In six of those deals, the team acquiring a reliever ultimately made the playoffs.
• Many of the 25 trades were minor. The eventual American League champion Texas Rangers dealt catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia to the Red Sox and traded for Jorge Cantu and Cristian Guzman. Cantu was 0-for-8 in the postseason and Guzman did not even make the Rangers' playoff roster.