The big trading day in Major League Baseball has come and gone. The non-waiver trade deadline expired at 4pm EST on July 31. But by no means does that mean teams are done dealing in 2011.
We've already seen a number of deals completed here in August. Just last week, outfielder Delmon Young was traded across the field from the Minnesota Twins to the Detroit Tigers. Young has already paid dividends to the Tigers, going 5-13 with a home run against his now former employer.
And just this week, the Toronto Blue Jays sent second baseman Aaron Hill and infielder John McDonald to the Arizona Diamondbacks, in exchange for second baseman Kelly Johnson.
Over history, plenty of key offensive players switched ball clubs, typically going from one team who is trying to rebuild to one that is contending for postseason play. Last year, the Houston Astros dealt Lance Berkman to the Yankees, giving them an offensive boost for their stretch run.
In 1992, the A's made one of the bigger waiver-period trades of all time. In an attempt to bolster their pitching staff, they sent slugger Jose Canseco to the Texas Rangers for DH Ruben Sierra, and pitchers Jeff Russell and Bobby Witt.
In order for players to be eligible for the postseason, they must be on their teams' active roster as of midnight EST on August 31. That gives teams one week to conduct any last-hope deals before the stretch run. Here are some hitters that potentially could be had, assuming they clear waivers.