Rank 'Em: Trade Deadline Buyers

Created: July 22, 2009, 2:39 PM

Where do the Brewers rank for landing CC Sabathia last year?

Which teams fared best in trading for ace pitchers, SportsNation?

ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick surveyed the trades involving aces since 2000 and handed out grades for the teams that gave up the arm for prospects. But we want to know which teams you think made the best decisions in buying the aces. The Diamondbacks eventually won a World Series with Curt Schilling, as did the Red Sox with Josh Beckett, but did any team make a smarter move than the Brewers dealing for CC Sabathia?

As rumors continue to circulate about what it will take to pry Roy Halladay from the Blue Jays this year, see what history offers as a guide.

  • When: July 2000
    Diamondbacks give up: Travis Lee, Vicente Padilla, Nelson Figueroa, Omar Daal
    Result: Diamondbacks miss playoffs and Schilling goes 5-6, 3.69 ERA. But with him, team wins 2001 World Series.
  • When: June 2002
    Expos give up: Cliff Lee, Grady Sizemore, Brandon Phillips and Lee Stevens
    Result: Expos miss playoffs, Colon goes 10-4, 3.31 ERA
  • When: December 2004
    Cardinals give up: Dan Haren, Daric Barton, Kiko Calero
    Result: Cardinals win NL Central, lose NLCS. Mulder goes 16-8, 3.64 ERA.
  • When: December 2004
    Braves give up: Juan Cruz, Dan Meyer, Charles Thomas
    Result: Braves win NL East, lose NLDS. Hudson goes 14-9, 3.52 ERA.
  • When: November 2005
    Red Sox give up: Hanley Ramirez, Anibal Sanchez, Harvey Garcia and Jesus Delgado for Beckett, Mike Lowell and Guillermo Mota
    Result: Red Sox miss playoffs. Beckett goes 16-11, 5.01 ERA. Team wins World Series following season, Beckett goes 20-7, 3.27 ERA
  • When: December 2007
    Diamondbacks give up: Dana Eveland, Greg Smith, Brett Anderson, Chris Carter, Aaron Cunningham, Carlos Gonzalez
    Result: Diamondbacks miss playoffs. Haren goes 16-8, 3.33 ERA
  • When: February 2008
    Mets give up: Carlos Gomez, Phil Humber, Kevin Mulvey, Deolis Guerra
    Result: Mets miss playoffs. Santana goes 16-7, 2.53 ERA
  • When: February 2008
    Mariners give up: Adam Jones, George Sherrill, Chris Tillman, Kam Mickolio, Tony Butler
    Result: Mariners miss playoffs. Bedard goes 6-4, 3.67 ERA
  • When: July 2008
    Brewers give up: Zach Jackson, Matt LaPorta, Michael Brantley, Rob Bryson
    Result: Brewers make playoffs, lose NLDS. Sabathia goes 11-2, 1.65 ERA