Every year, the MLB trade deadline makes for an exciting respite from the dog days of summer, as players of varying talent levels from around the league are shopped around — some because they want new homes, others because their current teams can’t afford to keep them and a select few who just can’t seem to get things right in their current surroundings.
Last year’s deadline was comparatively uneventful, with Jake Peavy, Ian Kennedy and Bud Norris among the biggest names to change zip codes. The 2012 deadline, though, was a more star-studded affair, with Zack Greinke, Hanley Ramirez, Anibal Sanchez, Ryan Dempster and Hunter Pence on the move, among others.
Some of the biggest names expected to be discussed — if not dealt — this summer include Tampa Bay Rays ace David Price and utility man Ben Zobrist, Philadelphia Phillies ace Cliff Lee (who seems to always be on the move this time of year) and Minnesota Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki. Others, like Joakim Soria, Huston Street, Kendrys Morales and Chase Headley, have already been moved in recent days.
Only time will tell how these exchanges work out for the teams involved, as those sending off stars wait to see how their new crop of prospects develops and those acquiring top talent hope their new centerpieces are worth the investment. In the meantime, here’s a look back at 10 prior trade deadline deals that shook up Major League Baseball history. —Sam Gardner
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