Trading Days, Can We Talk Partner?
ON Thursday, the trade deadline lived up to the hype with a dozen deals done on July 31 alone. Some trades were pulled off between teams that had not swapt players during the 21st century as the Yankees and Red Sox completed their first deal together since 1997. So using the trade history provided by www.baseballreference.com, here is a look at the trading partners who have not made a deal since at least 1999.
Tuesday August 3, 1999: Astros and Twins
Two little known players, one in the minor leagues were traded, George Williams went to the Houston organization in exchange for Josh Dimmick.
Wednesday July 21, 1999; Red Sox and Rays
Two rivals now, what was then the Devil Rays made a deal where they sent Julio Santana to Boston, the Sox completed the deal nine days later on Friday July 30 sending minor leaguer Will Silverthorn to Tampa.
Friday October 31, 1997: Angels and Rangers
Matt Perisho went to Texas in exchange for Mike Bell.
Wednesday July 16, 1997: Giants and Tigers
Marcus Jensen went to Detroit in return ffor Brian Johnson.
Friday July 21, 1995: Reds and Giants
Dave Burba, Darren Lewis and Mark Portugal all went to Cincinnati in exchange for Dave McCarty, Ricky Pickett, John Roper, Scott Service (the pitcher) and some famous two sport athlete named Deion Sanders.
Sunday December 30, 1990: Dodgers and Rangers
Jim Poole went to Texas for a pair of minor leaguers, Steve Allen and David Lynch.
But what is by far the longest gap between the present and the last deal made between two teams takes us back more than 40 years.
Wednesday April 1, 1981: Angels and Astros
A young promising shortstop named Dickie Thon was sent to Houston in exchange for pitcher Ken Forsch.
One other interesting note, the Orioles and Nationals have not made a trade since the Nats moved to DC, the last deal taking place Wednesday October 3, 2001 when Tim Raines was sent from Montreal to Baltimore so he could be on the Orioles club with his son the final few days of the season.