In-depth: The past decade at the deadline

Getty Images

Jason Bay, Scott Kazmir and Jason Isringhausen were all traded by the Mets as young players for established veterans at July 31 trade deadlines.

Jose Reyes may now be likely to remain a Met at the trading deadline, but Carlos Beltran is equally as likely to be shopped, assuming the Mets do not make a continued push toward wild-card contention. With that in mind, ESPN Stats & Information has compiled an extensive look at the trading deadline in recent years. Here’s what they say:


1. The Major League Baseball trade deadline is 4 p.m. ET on July 31.

2. There were an average of nine trades per deadline on July 31 from 2003 to 2009.

3. Some of the biggest names in the game have been traded on July 31 in the past five seasons. Greg Maddux (Cubs to Dodgers in ’06), Mark Teixeira (Rangers to Braves in ’07), Manny Ramirez/Jason Bay (Red Sox/Dodgers/Pirates in ’08), and Cliff Lee (Indians to Phillies in ’09) were all traded on deadline day.


Of particular interest to the Mets as sellers, it’s worth noting that the prospects/young players coming back in these trades sometimes do end up as household names in their own right years later. Remember when the Mets sent Double-A player Jason Bay to the San Diego Padres for Steve Reed in 2002? Or when Jason Isringhausen went to Oakland? Or when Scott Kazmir went to Tampa Bay? (Never mind of the last one.)

Here’s a look at prospects who now are well-known, but may not have been when they were dealt, and the veteran player for whom they were traded:

Prospect/Traded by/Veteran player acquired

Jason Bay, NYM, Steve Reed

Keith Foulke, SF, Wilson Alvarez

Freddy Garcia, HOU, Randy Johnson

Danny Graves, CLE, John Smiley

Carlos Guillen, HOU, Randy Johnson

Jason Isringhausen, NYM, Billy Taylor

Scott Kazmir, NYM, Victor Zambrano

Derek Lowe, SEA, Heathcliff Slocumb

Freddy Sanchez, BOS, Jeff Suppan

Sammy Sosa, TEX, Harold Baines

Jason Varitek, SEA, Heathcliff Slocumb


Cliff Lee, 2009, 7-4, 3.39 ERA; 4-0 in postseason for PHL

Victor Martinez, 2009, .336 BA, 8 HR, 41 RBI in 56 games for BOS

Scott Rolen, 2009, CIN had first division title in 15 years following season

Manny Ramirez, 2008, .396 BA, 17 HR, 53 RBI in 53 games for LAD

Mark Teixeira, 2008, .358 BA, 13 HR, 42 RBI in 54 games for LAA

Jason Bay, 2008, .293 BA, 37 RBI, in 49 games for BOS

Kenny Lofton, 2007, .375 BA for CLE in LDS, HR vs BOS in ALCS

Scott Hairston, 2007, .287 BA, 8 HR in 31 games for SD*

Kyle Lohse, 2007, 3-0 in 11 starts for PHI

Mark Teixeira, 2007, .317 BA, 17 HR, 56 RBI in 54 G for ATL*

Sean Casey, 2006, .432 BA in postseason

Geoff Blum, 2005, Hit GW HR in Game 3 of WS

Dave Roberts, 2004, Key SB in Game 4 of ALCS

Aaron Boone, 2003, Hit HR to beat BOS in ALCS

Will Clark, 2000, .345 BA; STL wins NL Central

Randy Johnson, 1998, 10-1, 1.28 ERA; HOU wins NL Central

* Team did not make postseason


Jarrod Washburn, 2009, 1-3, 7.33 ERA in 8 starts with DET

Ivan Rodriguez, 2008, .219, 2 HR, 3 RBI in 33 games with NYY

Eric Gagne, 2007, 6.75 ERA, 3 blown SV with BOS

Julio Lugo, 2006, .219 BA in 49 G with LAD

Jeff Suppan, 2003, 3-4, 5.57 ERA with BOS

Sidney Ponson, 2003, 3-6, 3.71 ERA with SF

Heathcliff Slocum, 1997, 0-4, 4.13 ERA with SEA

“In-depth” appears Tuesdays during the regular season