2003 Trade Scorecard

Originally Published: July 25, 2003
ESPN.com

Follow along as ESPN.com monitors all the trade activity leading up to the July 31 deadline.

Each trade is graded according to its pennant impact:
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JULY 31
Acquired:
RHP Sidney Ponson
Acquired:
LHP Damian Moss
RHP Kurt Ainsworth
LHP Ryan Hannaman
Tim Kurkjian:
Ponson, a free agent after this season, probably was the best pitcher on the market. He was acquired by the Giants to help them win the World Series. They don't have big hopes of signing him as a free agent after this season, this likely will be a two-month rental of a 14-game winner who seems to have found the intangibles to go with his terrific stuff (Ponson is the first 14-game winner to be traded before the deadline since Denny Neagle in 1996). The Giants needed a pitcher with Kirk Rueter missing a start this week. Moss and Ainsworth are young with great arms, but they believe their two best young pitchers are Jerome Williams and Jesse Foppert. The Orioles did well in this deal, too. Ainsworth has an injured shoulder, but should be 100 percent by next spring. Moss has a live arm. More important, the Orioles will have significant money -- around $60 million -- to spend in the offseason on free agents (Vladimir Guerrero is a possibility). They could use some of that money to also re-sign Ponson, who loved playing in Baltimore.
  • More: Complete story | Giants page | Orioles page

  • Acquired:
    3B Aaron Boone
    Acquired:
    LHP Brandon Claussen
    LHP Charlie Manning
    Cash
    Tim Kurkjian:
    Another terrific deal for the Yankees, getting an All-Star player in exchange for a minor league pitcher. Boone can play third base and second base, he hits in the clutch and is a great teammate. The Yankees do need an everyday right fielder, but they are the Yankees, and they will find that right fielder before the playoff rosters are set on Aug. 31. In recent years, several quality players have been traded after July 31. This year should not be any different. The Reds continue their purge, designed to save money and build with young pitching. The Boone trade was forced partly because he wanted out after his father was fired earlier this week. Claussen has a chance to be good, he's left-handed and his elbow has healed just over a year after having Tommy John surgery.
  • More: Complete story | Yankees page | Reds page

  • Acquired:
    RHP Jeff Suppan
    RHP Brandon Lyon
    RHP Anastacio Martinez
    Acquired:
    INF Freddy Sanchez
    LHP Mike Gonzalez
    Tim Kurkjian:
    Suppan is the fourth or fifth starter the Red Sox needed. Suppan is a different pitcher this year (and most of last) because of his ability to locate his fastball. Plus, he is durable, he can keep his team in games for six innings every fifth day, which is all he'll have to do with the Sox's offense. His acquisition guarantees that Byun-Hyung Kim will stay as the closer, not move to the rotation. The Pirates get Sanchez, a young second baseman with pop, which is a good move for a team that is retooling again. The Pirates are also a team that simply doesn't have the money to compete in today's game. Rebuilding won't sit well with Pirates fans, but there isn't much choice here.
  • More: Complete story | Red Sox page | Pirates page

  • Acquired:
    3B Robin Ventura
    Acquired:
    OF Bubba Crosby
    RHP Scott Proctor
    Tim Kurkjian:
    The Dodgers have been looking everywhere for a bat. They need much more than Ventura, but he can really help. He's still a good hitter, he's an excellent third baseman and a great guy in the clubhouse. This could hasten the exit of third baseman Adrian Beltre, who has underachieved most of his career and especially so this year. Or perhaps this will inspire Beltre to raise his game with the Dodgers.
  • More: Complete story | Dodgers page | Yankees page

  • Acquired:
    LHP Gabe White
    Acquired:
    Player to be named later
    Tim Kurkjian:
    The Yankees did well here, too, getting another left-hander for the bullpen. White has sharpened his curveball, making him even more effective against left-handed hitters.
  • More: Complete story | Yankees page | Reds page
  • JULY 30
    Acquired:
    OF Jose Guillen
    Acquired:
    RHP Aaron Harang
    RHP Joe Valentine
    Player to be named later
    Tim Kurkjian:
    Guillen becomes the everyday right fielder, and gives the A's a needed bat, especially against left-handed pitching. He began the season as Cincinnati's fourth outfielder, but has been the most productive outfielder on the club. Plus, he only makes $500,000, which puts him in Oakland's price range. A's general manager Billy Beane might not be done trading. He'd like another outfielder, perhaps the Cardinals' J.D. Drew, but will St. Louis move him? The Reds didn't save much money in the deal, given Guillen's salary. Harang will have a chance to make their rotation next year, but was probably the seventh starter in the A's plans. Valentine has had some terrific years in the minor leagues, but might be best suited as a middle reliever in the big leagues.
  • More: Complete story | A's page | Reds page

  • Acquired:
    OF Doug Glanville
    Acquired:
    OF Jason Fransz
    Tim Kurkjian:
    Glanville is an above average defensive center fielder, giving the Cubs more flexibility, especially in late innings. If there's a really tough left-hander going, he can play in place of Kenny Lofton.
  • More: Complete story | Cubs page | Rangers page
  • JULY 29
    Acquired:
    OF Raul Mondesi
    Acquired:
    OF Dave Dellucci
    RHP Bret Prinz
    C John Sprowl
    Tim Kurkjian:
    The Yankees were so anxious to get rid of Mondesi, they paid the Diamondbacks $2 million. Mondesi is a free agent after the season, the Yankees weren't going to re-sign him and he was upset about sharing time with Karim Garcia in right field. Mondesi was also upset about being yanked for a pinch-hitter in Sunday's game against the Red Sox. Someone should remind him that he's hitting .258 this year, and he was hitting ninth in the batting order that day. The Yankees will miss his defense in right field. The combination of Garcia, Dellucci and Ruben Sierra isn't of championship caliber. The Yankees could make another move for an outfielder. Prinz has a hard sinker, but hasn't pitched in the big leagues this season due to injuries. The Diamondbacks had to add some offense. Through Tuesday, they had scored 16 runs in their last 11 games, nine of which were losses, knocking them 11½ games behind the Giants in the NL West, and behind Philadelphia and Florida in the wild-card race (on the day of the trade, they lost to the Marlins, 2-1. Carlos Baerga hit cleanup). Mondesi is worth a try, especially since money comes with him, and he should be inspired playing down the stretch in his walk-year. But chances are, he is not the answer for Arizona. Entering this season, 105 active players had a 100-RBI season. Mondesi wasn't one of them.
  • More: Complete story | D-Backs page | Yankees page

  • Acquired:
    RHP Scott Williamson
    Acquired:
    LHP Phillip Dumatrait
    Player to be named later
    Cash
    Tim Kurkjian:
    This was an excellent trade for Boston. Williamson should be a terrific set-up man for closer Byung-Hyun Kim, and a good complement to another recent acquisition, left-hander Scott Sauerbeck. This season, Williamson has 21 saves, a 3.19 ERA and 53 strikeouts in 42 1/3 innings. In his career, he has struck out 380 in 322 1/3 innings. Now the Red Sox have someone who can enter a game in the seventh and eighth innings, and get a strikeout. It's highly unlikely, but if the Red Sox can't get another starting pitcher, and they choose to move Kim back to the rotation, Williamson could close for the final two months. Williamson won't be the only player the Reds will have to trade. Reds ownership will have to decide if it wants to win, or to slash the payroll and make the club non-competitive.
  • More: Complete story | Red Sox page | Reds page

  • Acquired:
    IF Rey Sanchez
    Acquired:
    OF Kenny Kelly
    Tim Kurkjian:
    Sanchez could be valuable backup to shortstop Carlos Guillen, who is prone to injury. Sanchez can catch a ground ball as well as almost anyone, and shouldn't have to hit much at the bottom of the lineup. He can also play second base and third base in late innings. The Mets continue to unload veterans, which is wise. They only have a few more to go.
  • More: Complete story | Mariners page | Mets page

  • Acquired:
    LHP Scott Schoeneweis
    RHP Doug Nickle
    Acquired:
    LHP Gary Glover
    RHP Scott Dunn
    LHP Tim Bittner
    Tim Kurkjian:
    A contender can't have enough left-handers in the bullpen for the stretch run, Schoeneweis will be the White Sox's third left-hander. He also can start, but likely won't get that chance this year.
  • More: Complete story | White Sox page | Angels page
  • JULY 28
    Acquired:
    LHP Graeme Lloyd
    Acquired:
    RHP Jeremy Hill
    Rob Neyer:
    Lloyd's a pretty typical "situational" left-handed pitcher: he's effective in his limited role. And I do mean "limited," as Lloyd has pitched only 35.1 innings all season. He's tough on left-handed hitters, not so tough on right-handed hitters, and figures to pitch only 15 or 20 innings over the next two months.
  • More: Complete story | Royals page | Mets page
  • JULY 22
    Acquired:
    3B Aramis Ramirez
    OF Kenny Lofton
    Acquired:
    SS Jose Hernandez
    P Matt Bruback
    Player to be named
    Rob Neyer:
    Great deal for the Cubs, who simply had to get better at third base and center field if they were serious about competing with the Astros. Ramirez has holes in his game -- he doesn't walk, he does make errors -- but he's better than anybody the Cubs have sent out there this season. And Lofton, though he's now well past his prime, is at least a serviceable replacement for the injured Corey Patterson.
  • More: Complete story | Cubs page | Pirates page | Gammons' take

  • Acquired:
    P Scott Sauerbeck
    P Mike Gonzalez
    Acquired:
    P Brandon Lyon
    P Anastacio Martinez
    Rob Neyer:
    If the Red Sox are getting the 2002 version of Sauerbeck -- 2.30 ERA and 70 strikeouts in 63 innings -- then it's a solid move. If they're getting the 2003 version -- 4.05 ERA, along with 32 K's and 25 walks in 40 innings -- then it's not readily apparent that they've done anything to improve their shaky bullpen. The Pirates, meanwhile, saved a few bucks and added, in Lyon, a young pitcher with a pretty good arm.
  • More: Complete story | Red Sox page | Pirates page

  • Acquired:
    P Jesse Orosco
    Acquired:
    Player to be named or cash
    Rob Neyer:
    That sound you just heard was a giant, collective yawn, emitted by every baseball fan who thinks that bringing in a pitcher to face one hitter is generally pointless. Yes, the 46-year-old Orosco is a wonderful story, but he's going to pitch approximately 15 innings from now through the end of the season, so the odds of him making a real difference are very close to nothing. Of course, it's possible that the Yankees got Orosco with the sole aim of annoying Red Sox fans.
  • More: Complete story | Yankees page | Padres page
  • JULY 20
    Acquired:
    P Mike Williams
    Acquired:
    P Frank Brooks
    Rob Neyer:
    It's at least a little surprising that a team contending for a postseason berth would actually want a pitcher with a 6.27 ERA, but Williams has been a pretty good pitcher in the past, and if healthy he figures to be a pretty good pitcher in the future. So the Phillies, looking for middle-relief help, could have done a lot worse than acquiring Williams.
  • More: Complete story | Phillies page | Pirates page
  • JULY 16
    Acquired:
    P Armando Benitez
    Acquired:
    P Jason Anderson
    P Ryan Bicondoa
    P Anderson Garcia
    Rob Neyer:
    Benitez isn't the pitcher that he once was. In 2000 and 2001, he struck out 199 batters in 152 innings; in 2002 and 2003, he struck out 129 batters in 117 innings. On the other hand, Benitez is still one of the more dominant relievers in the game, and he's actually been allowing fewer home runs these last two seasons. He could close for most teams, and should be one of the best set-up men in the majors.
  • More: Complete story | Yankees page | Mets page

  • Acquired:
    OF Shannon Stewart
    Acquired:
    OF Bobby Kielty
    Player to be named
    Rob Neyer:
    An odd move for the Twins, to say the least. Stewart's and Kielty's career and 2003 numbers match closely, but Stewart is three years older and quite a bit more expensive (though the Blue Jays are paying some of his remaining 2003 salary). What's more, Kielty is the better defensive player. The Twins might get the spark they're looking for from Stewart, but what they really need is a new double-play combination.
  • More: Complete story | Twins page | Blue Jays page
  • JULY 14
    Acquired:
    OF Jeromy Burnitz
    Acquired:
    P Joselo Diaz
    P Kole Strayhorn
    INF Victor Diaz
    Rob Neyer:
    Too little too late? Maybe. But after a lousy 2002, Burnitz has rebounded with the highest slugging percentage of his career (albeit in limited playing time, as he spent four weeks on the DL in April and May). The Dodgers were desperate for help with their impotent lineup, and getting Burnitz was probably the single best move they could make.
  • More: Complete story | Dodgers page | Mets page
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