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Top Yankees, Mets Deadline Trades Ever

July 20, 2018 - 10:03 am
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By WFAN.com

Manny Machado is now a Dodger, and other stars, including Jacob deGrom,Mike Moustakas, Zach Britton and J.A. Happ, could be on the move soon, too. Baseball's nonwaiver deadline is July 31, so the flurry of activity could begin at any moment.

With this in mind, here's a look at the top five Mets and Yankees deadline deals of years past.

5. Yoenis Cespedes to the Mets, 2015

The Mets knew they needed a big hitter in order to save a struggling offense. In order to get Cespedes from Detroit, they gave up pitchers Michael Fulmer and Luis Cessa. While that was a high price to pay, Cespedes gave the Mets just the boost they needed en route to the World Series, hitting .287 with 17 home runs in 57 regular-season games with the Amazin's. After returning from injury, Cespedes was also key in helping the Mets' reach the playoffs again in 2016.

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4. Donn Clendenon to the Mets, 1969

Nine games behind the Cubs in the NL East, the Mets decided to take a risk and make a big trade. They sent rookie pitcher Steve Renko, infielder Kevin Collins and two minor league players to Montreal for Clendenon, a righty first baseman.

The Mets overtook Chicago in the standings and later won their first World Series, and a lot of the credit belonged to Clendenon. He won World Series MVP due to his three home runs and .357 batting average in the Fall Classic against Baltimore.

Clendenon can be compared to Cespedes for taking the Mets' lineup to the next level. The only difference: Clendenon helped them win it all.

3. David Justice to the Yankees, 2000

The Yankees acquired Justice from Cleveland in exchange for pitchers Jake Westbrook and Zach Day, as well as outfielder Ricky Ledee. It was a steep price for a 34-year-old slugger, but it paid off for the Bronx Bombers. During the rest of his first season with the Yanks, Justice hit 20 home runs over 78 games and won MVP of the American League Championship Series against the Mariners. Justice then helped the Yankees win their third straight World Series, beating the Mets.

Justice had 18 home runs and 51 RBIs in 2001, when the Yankees reached yet another Fall Classic.

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2. David Cone to the Yankees, 1995

The addition of Cone was arguably the last step toward establishing the most recent Yankees dynasty. The Bombers shipped minor leaguers Marty Janzen, Jason Jarvis and Mike Gordon to Toronto in order to acquire the reigning AL Cy Young winner. None of those players ever succeeded in the majors, meaning the Yankees finessed a deal in which they lost almost nothing to a team in their own division and gained an integral player for years to come.

Cone was a member of four world championship teams and was a two-time All-Star with the Yankees. And on July 18, 1999, he tossed the third perfect game in franchise history

1. Keith Hernandez to the Mets, 1983

Acquired from St. Louis in exchange for pitchers Neil Allen and Rick Ownbey, Hernandez left an unforgettable mark on the Mets.

The first baseman led the Mets to a World Series championship in 1986, batting .310 and winning a Gold Glove. Over his seven-year career in New York, he hit .297 with 80 home runs, was selected to three All-Star Games and was named the team's captain in 1987. 

Honorable Mention: Aroldis Chapman from the Yankees, 2016

In order to acquire the flame-throwing closer, who helped them win their first World Series in 108 years, the Cubs gave up prospects Gleyber Torres, Billy McKinney and Rashad Crawford, as well as relief pitcher Adam Warren. The biggest get in this deal for the Yankees was Torres. Though he’s only played 63 big-league games so far, Torres has the potential to be the next Yankees superstar. He is hitting .294 with 15 home runs for a Yankees team that is 62-33 and almost guaranteed to return to the playoffs. If Torres keeps it up, he could find himself high up on this list in a couple of years.