Zack Greinke and Hanley Ramirez have already changed teams, and general managers still have a few more hours to make additional big trades. Some of the deals from the 2012 season may quickly be forgotten, but there’s always the possibility of a blockbuster that can change the fortunes of a team for years. In honor of baseball’s Tuesday trade deadline, here are some of the most famous (and infamous) in-season deals in baseball history _ one for each of the 30 franchises.
July 2000: Acquired Curt Schilling from Phillies for Omar Daal, Nelson Figueroa, Travis Lee and Vicente Padilla.
Schilling was 33 at the time but had plenty left. He went 45-13 in 2001 and 2002, leading the Diamondbacks to a dramatic World Series title in `01 and finishing second in the Cy Young vote both years to teammate Randy Johnson.
July 1993: Acquired Fred McGriff from Padres for Donnie Elliott, Vince Moore and Melvin Nieves.
When the Braves traded for McGriff, the press box at old Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium literally caught fire the day he joined the team. The Braves followed suit, going 49-16 down the stretch to edge the Giants in the last great division race of the pre-wild card era.
June 1976: Acquired Rick Dempsey, Tippy Martinez, Rudy May, Scott McGregor and Dave Pagan from Yankees for Doyle Alexander, Jimmy Freeman, Elrod Hendricks, Ken Holtzman and Grant Jackson.
Dempsey, Martinez and McGregor were all key contributors to Baltimore’s championship team of 1983, with Dempsey earning World Series MVP honors. McGregor won 20 games for the Orioles in 1980.
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