Toronto Blue Jays Best (And Worst) Trade Deadline Moves
The Toronto Blue Jays have had an interesting season this year. While trying to contend in the ultra competitive AL East, for the first time, the Jays have come to terms with the fact that they may have to deal franchise cornerstone Roy Halladay.
He will no doubt give a contending team another ace to add to their rotation for the playoffs, and the Jays hope Halladay can garner enough young talent to help them compete in the years to come.
Lets take a look back at other Blue Jays trade deadline acquisitions, some that were steals, and others that left us shaking our heads.
July 31, 1993- Blue Jays Gain Rickey Henderson
Rickey Henderson was traded by the Oakland Athletics to the Toronto Blue Jays for a player to be named later and Steve Karsay. The Toronto Blue Jays sent Jose Herrera (Aug. 6, 1993) to the Oakland Athletics to complete the trade.
Henderson was a former MVP, and ALCS MVP and a 10 time all-star. He was involved in the final play of the World Series that year, as he and Paul Molitor scored on Joe Carter's Series-ending walk-off home run. For his career, he held records for 1,406 career stolen bases, 2,295 career runs, and 81 career lead-off home runs, and is considered possibly the greatest leadoff batter of all time.
Karsay would begin his career with the A’s originally as a starter, but later moved to the bullpen. His career was marred by injuries, and he compiled a record of 32-39 and an ERA of 4.01.
Herrena only played one year in the majors.
July 28, 1995- Blue Jays Lose David Cone
David Cone was traded by the Blue Jays to the New York Yankees for Marty Janzen, Jason Jarvis (minors), and Mike Gordon (minors).
Cone was known as a player who was strong late in the season, and a great pitcher for contenders to have come post season. He ended with a record of 194-126, with an ERA of 3.46. Cone was traded because the Jays were no longer contenders, and had hoped the minor leaguers they got in return would pan out.
Unfortunately, Janzen only pitched one year with the Jays, with a record of 6-7, with an ERA of 6.39.
Jarvis and Gordon were career minor leaguers.
July 31, 1997- Blue Jays Gain Jose Cruz Jr
Paul Spoljaric was traded by the Toronto Blue Jays with Mike Timlin to the Seattle Mariners for Jose Cruz.
Cruz played from 1997 till 2002 with the jays, and twice hit at least 30 home runs. In 2001 he had at least 30 hrs and 32 stolen bases, joining Bobby Abreu and Vladimir Guerrero as the three players to have at least 30 hrs and steals that season.
Spolijaric never amounted to much, with a record of 8-17 and an ERA of 5.52.
Timlin, however, has appeared in over 1000 career games, and has four championship rings, although two are from his time with the blue jays. He has a career record of 75-73 and an ERA of 3.63. He turned out to be a veteran relieve pitcher that helped anchor the Red Sox bullpen to two World Series championships.
July 31, 1998- Blue Jays Lose Juan Guzman
Blue Jays trade RHP Juan Guzman to Baltimore for RHP Nerio Rodriguez and OF Shannon Carter.
Guzman’s first three seasons with the Blue Jays were excellent, as he went a combined 40-11 with a 3.28 ERA, and the team made the playoffs in all three years, including World Series wins in 1992 and 1993.
Guzman won two games in both the 1992 and 1993 ALCS but was not able to secure a win in either World Series. His playoff record was 5-1 in 8 starts with a 2.44 ERA. His career unfolded after his trade from the jays, last appearing in the majors in 2000.
Rodriguez never did anything, with a career record of 4-6 and an ERA of 6.32. Carter never made it to the majors.
July 31, 2003- Blue Jays Recieve No Offers For Kelvim Escobar
Kelvim Escobar was on the trading block for any team that wanted to pay a steep price to the Toronto Blue Jays for his services. None did, and both parties are glad about that.
In his first start since the no-waiver trade deadline, Escobar came within two outs of his fourth career shutout as the Blue Jays beat the Anaheim Angels 4-0 Sunday. He had an 8-3 record in 14 starts after the All-Star break, and for the season, he posted a 12-8 record with 159 strikeouts and a 3.92 ERA in 26 outings. He left for the Angels after this season, however, and boasts a record of 101-91 and an ERA of 4.15.
July 31, 2006- Blue Jays stay quiet
Teams inquired about starter Dustin McGowan, along with relievers Brandon League and Jeremy Accardo.
The Blue Jays fielded many trade scenarios involving McGowan, League, and Accardo, but GM J. P. Ricciardi didn’t pull the trigger on any of them. It was in the team’s best interest, as these three players have become players to build around.
McGowan had a breakout year in 2007, ending with a respectable 12-10 record, and in 2008 was at 6-7 when he went down with an injury that he is still rehabbing.
League has been one of the Jays best set up men. He has a record of 5-7, and an ERA of 4.24.
Accardo struggled with injuries, but has been an option for the Jays at closer and is a great set up man.
July 31, 2009- Blue Jays Lose Roy Halladay?
What will happen with Roy Halladay? As of right now, it appears that he will not be getting dealt.
The price is very high for his services, and few teams are willing to part with their young prospects in hopes of gaining a championship this year.
The Jays have made a deadline on the future of Halladay, saying that July 28 is the last day they will be willing to trade him. Jays fans will be upset to see him go, but it may be for the good of the franchise.
My hopes is that he stays, and continues his dominance as the Blue Jays ace.