In 1998, the Houston Astros traded for Randy Johnson from the Seattle Mariners. Prior to the trade, Johnson was 9-10 with a 4.33 ERA. After being traded, Johnson went on a tear, going 10-1 with an ERA of 1.28 with 116 strikeouts in 84.1 innings pitched.
If only every deal went down like that.
Of course, you also have the David Justice trade to the Yankees in 2000, where he posted a slash of .305/.391/.585 with 20 homers and 60 RBI in 78 games. He would also be the ALCS Series MVP that season, showing that he was also going to be just as good in the playoffs as the regular season.
In the last five years, we have seen some performances that are similar to this in their level of impact and play. In this article we will be looking at the strongest of these performances and take a look back at how they changed their new organization.