The 2011 MLB trade deadline was caught in the crossfire of the NFL’s post-lockout free agent frenzy. Still, we were given an exciting deadline with several big names traded in the final week leading up to July 31 Judgment Day.
Nearly every big name mentioned leading up was dealt. From No. 1 slugging rental Carlos Beltran to the pitching gem on the trade market Ubaldo Jimenez, this deadline did not disappoint for certain franchises.
This year, the Yankees failed to make a blockbuster deal, but World Series contenders San Francisco, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Texas, St. Louis, Boston, Cleveland and Atlanta became much richer after the smoke settled. Most of the sellers sold their main attractions and the contenders bit (hard) as top prospects were shipped across the league.
Of the many players dealt, we’re going to rank the top 10 deals based on which player will have the biggest impact for their new organization.