The Padres have had a long history of deadline trades, some as buyers, and more often as sellers. Inside, we will take a quick look at some of the more notable deals in Padre history.
Above is Greg Vaughn, who represents one of the Padres best trades ever. Vaughn was acquired from the Milwaukee Brewers just before the deadline in 1996, for pitcher Bryce Florie, outfielder Marc Newfield and pitcher Ron Vilone. Vaughn helped lead the Padres to two division titles, a National League pennant and a World Series appearance during his time in San Diego.
Vaughn was dealt away by the Padres in 1999, to the Cincinnati Reds for outfielder Reggie Sanders and infielder Damien Jackson.
All Star first baseman Fred McGriff was traded to the Atlanta Braves, during one of the Padres many Fire sales, on July 17 1993, slightly ahead of the deadline.
Did the Padres profit from this trade?
No. Not yet. Did they pay for it, for years after? You bet.
In getting Melvin Nieves and Donnie Elliot in return for McGriff, the Padres helped cement the Braves postseason dominance for years to come. The Crime Dog went on to a World Series Title in Atlanta, as well as several All Star games as the starting first baseman.
Nieves hit just 16 home runs as a Padre, eventually getting sent to the Detroit Tigers.
A blip in Padre trade history, but a deadline deal nonetheless.
Abner was the number one overall pick in the 1984 amateur draft, taken by the New York Mets.
Abner came to the Padres in the Kevin McReynolds deal, during the winter of 1986.
After flaming out as a Padre, he was sent to California on July 30 1991, for power hitting inf Jack Howell, who belted all of six home runs as a Padre. Nothing for nothing here...
Wilson Betemit was rumored to be on his way to the Padres at the deadline a couple years ago, for relief pitcher Scott Linebrink. However, the Padres did not want to part with Linebrink, and the deadline deal fell apart at the last moment.
Betemit is now with the White Sox, and in retrospect, would have been a fine addition to the Padres infield. Oh well...
The Padres traded for starting pitcher Bobby Jones, sending the New York Mets two minor league players on July 31, 2002. The Padres also acquired future All star slugger Jason Bay in the deal, but were not smart enough to keep him.
Jones pitched two seasons in San Diego