Deadline is over but important trades likely to happen in August
August 3, 2012INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
Think the trading season is over? You should do what every general manager is doing with his roster once the deadline passed: think again.
August is nearly as good a time as July to make tweaks to possible postseason rosters or to make steals toward rebuilding plans. John Smoltz (1987, to Atlanta from Detroit) and Jeff Bagwell (1990, to Houston from Boston) were both swiped in August trades.
But you don't have to go back too far to see the importance and frequency of August deals. Over the past three years there have been 38 trades in August, with nine of them coming on the last day of the month, the last day for players to be eligible for postseason rosters. The trades will start to go down in the next few days; each of the last three years has seen post-deadline trading activity begin no later than Aug. 6.
Players can be traded at this point if they clear waivers or if a deal is worked out with the team that wins a waiver claim. Rarely are impact players traded in August. Nontheless, you do see important complementary pieces moved in August, such as Delmon Young last year (he became the Tigers' top hitter against the Yankees in the ALDS), Jeff Francouer, Mike Fontenot and Jose Guillen in 2010 (all to pennant-winning teams, the Rangers and Giants), and Ronnie Belliard and Jon Garland in 2009 (to the NLCS-bound Dodgers).