(In Chronological Order)
- 2003/2004: Nick Johnson, Randy Choate and Juan Rivera for Javier Vazquez. Vazquez was good everywhere but New York. Had a 4.91 ERA in 2004. Johnson's injuries killed his career but he had a few good years in DC and Choate has been a revelation in his mid-30's, though in NYC, he was mediocre. Rivera was a solid producer out in LA for the Angels.
- 2004: Jose Contreras for Esteban Loaiza. Contreras was an World Series winner and All-Star in Chicago and became a quality reliever the last few years. Loaiza had a 8.50 ERA in New York. Enough said.
- 2004/2005: Javier Vazquez, Brad Halsey and Dioner Navarro for Randy Johnson. Vazquez went back to being a solid pitcher. Halsey was a "what could have been" guy and Navarro is catching in Chicago for the Cubs. Johnson had a 4.37 ERA in 2 years in NYC.
- 2006/2007: Gary Sheffield for Humberto Sanchez, Kevin Whelan and Anthony Claggett. All 3 pitchers pitched a COMBINED 6 1/3 innings for New York. Sheffield hit .275 with 25 HR and 75 RBI and 22 SB in 2007 for the Tigers.
- 2007/2008: Tyler Clippard for Jonathan Albaladejo. Clippard is one of the most dominant set-up men in baseball, thriving in DC with a 2.83 career ERA there. Albaladejo pitched to a 4.70 ERA in a season plus in NYC.
- 2008: Jose Tabata, Ross Ohlendorf, Daniel McCutchen and Jeff Karstens for Xavier Nady and Damaso Marte. Karstens, McCutchen and Tabata have been solid contributors for Pittsburgh, both in starting/bench/relief roles. Ohlendorf kinda stunk, but Nady and Marte were not the big contributors the Yankees expected. Nady's injury opened up 4 solid years from Nick Swisher, though. Marte stunk too.
- 2009/2010: Ian Kennedy, Phil Coke and Austin Jackson for Curtis Granderson. This one divides fans a lot. On the one hand, Granderson has supplied a lot of power....also a lot of strikeouts, whereas Jackson has gotten better with each year and they could really use Kennedy in the rotation. Your thoughts?
- 2009/2010: Melky Cabrera, Mike Dunn and Arodys Vizcaino for Javier Vazquez and Boone Logan. I was happy to see Melky go and Logan's been good in New York. Vazquez stunk again, Dunn's been a solid lefty reliever and Vizcaino could be in the Cubs rotation soon, and is only 22.
- 2010: Zach McAllister for Austin Kearns. 2 months of Austin Kearns hitting .235 for a pitcher who arguably has been Cleveland's best the last 2 years. These are the ones that irk...a lot.
- 2010: Mark Melancon and Jimmy Paredes for Lance Berkman. Berkman hit .255 with 1 HR with NYC. Paredes is most well-known for 2 collisions with the Astros 2B's the last few weeks (don't miss him) but Melancon, outside of last year's disaster with Boston, has been damn good in the bullpen.
- 2012: George Kontos for Chris Stewart. Chris Stewart sucks. Kontos helped the Giants win a World Series last year in the bullpen. Enough Said.
Which one bothers you the most? I hate #9 and #11 because they're so useless, moreso than the big ones. Tweet me which ones you hate