Within a couple weeks of the July 31st trade deadline, major league teams need to determine whether they will be “sellers” or “buyers”. Some wait it out until the last day or two in hopes that their team can get hot and jump back into the pennant race before making a final decision.
In July 2012, several teams tried to improve their chances of securing a playoff spot and going deep into the playoffs by acquiring impact players. In some cases, players who make the biggest impact weren’t the “big names” that made the most noise in the rumor mill.
The acquisition last year of second baseman Marco Scutaro may have had the biggest direct impact on his new team, the eventual World Series champion San Francisco Giants. At the time, the move didn’t seem like a huge deal. But Scutaro had an .859 OPS over the remainder of the regular season and then won the NLCS MVP.
Let’s revisit some of the bigger trades and discuss how they graded out for the teams that acquired a big name player. Spoiler alert: I don’t hate any of these trades.