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August 1949: Acquired Johnny Mize from Giants for cash.

New York’s most famous deal _ the one that made Babe Ruth a Yankee _ took place during the offseason. As for midseason swaps, this deal in 1949 gave New York a future Hall of Famer who would hit 25 home runs the following year. The Yankees won the World Series all five years Mize was with the team.



August 1992: Traded Jose Canseco to Rangers for Jeff Russell, Ruben Sierra, Bobby Witt and cash.

Canseco was 28 years old and four years removed from his 40-40 season when the A’s sent him to Texas. Oakland won the AL West anyway, but this was the beginning of the end for the Bash Brothers era.



July 2009: Acquired Cliff Lee and Ben Francisco from Indians for Carlos Carrasco, Jason Donald, Jason Knapp and Lou Marson.

The Phillies won their third of five straight NL East titles after trading for Lee, who went 4-0 in the postseason and helped Philadelphia win the pennant for the second consecutive year.



June 1979: Acquired Bill Madlock, Lenny Randle and Dave Roberts from Giants for Fred Breining, Al Holland and Ed Whitson.

Trading Jose Bautista a few years ago still stings, but Pirates fans can look back more fondly on this deal. Madlock hit .328 for Pittsburgh in 1979, and the Pirates won the World Series. He went on to win batting titles in 1981 and 1983.


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