This morning’s post made me curious: How many players on the Yankees 40-man roster originally came over in player-for-player trades? Unless I’m missing one, the answer is eight, both big names and small.
February 16, 2004
For Alfonso Soriano and Joaquin Arias
His current deal was signed as a free agent, but Rodriguez originally came to the Yankees in a massive trade before the 2004 season. Soriano has not maintained his production, and Arias never developed as expected. Rodriguez has won two MVP awards and one World Series with the Yankees, though he’s battled injuries in recent years.
November 10, 2006
For Gary Sheffield
The Yankees got three young pitchers when they sent Sheffield to the Tigers. Humberto Sanchez was a huge prospect at the time, but injuries took their toll and he never came close to his perceived ceiling. Anthony Claggett got a few innings with the Yankees before landing with the Pirates for a while. Then there was Whelan, a forgotten prospect until his breakout season this year with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. It was enough to earn two big league outings.
The Yankees also got minor league reliever Kanekoa Texeira in this deal, which was an absolute coup for Brian Cashman. Capitalizing on a down year for Swisher, the Yankees gave up a utility man they didn’t need and two young pitchers who have barely pitched out of the minors for a guy who became an all-star right fielder. No question, this one was lopsided in the Yankees favor.
December 9, 2009
For Ian Kennedy, Phil Coke and Austin Jackson
This was a three-team swap, and the Yankees gave up three young players for their center field MVP candidate. When Jackson got off to a terrific start in Detroit and Granderson struggled through his first half-season with the Yankees, this looked like a rough deal for New York. It now looks like a trade that helped all three teams, largely because Kennedy has developed into a legitimate front-of-the-rotation starter for the Diamondbacks, while Granderson has blossomed into a force for the Yankees.
The key to this deal was supposed to Javier Vazquez, but instead the Yankees have gotten more value out of Logan, who’s been their primary left-handed reliever the past two seasons and will likely play the same role in 2012. Vazquez ultimately led to a compensation draft pick that the Yankees used on Dante Bichette Jr.
January 26, 2010
For Mitch Hilligoss
Golson’s been a role player for the Yankees, an athletic center fielder capable of playing all three outfield positions and steal a bag from time to time. Hilligoss was a minor league utility infielder, and he hasn’t escaped the minors. It’s a small win for the Yankees.
February 3, 2011
For Adam Olbrychowski
Once considered a pretty good prospect for the Nationals, Maxwell never really hit at the big league level, and the Yankees got him for a young pitcher buried in their pitching-rich system. Maxwell was considered good outfield depth, and he might have cracked the big league roster in 2011 had he not missed the second half of the season with an injury. He was hitting for power and getting on base in Triple-A.
March 25, 2011
For Sergio Mitre
The Yankees ultimately got Mitre back, and they found Dickerson to be a useful fourth and fifth outfielder during the regular season. Because he’s a left-handed hitter, this hasn’t been the best fit for Dickerson, but he’s given the Yankees some depth as a position where the Yankees system has been fairly thin since Brett Gardner graduated to the big leagues.
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