Top Nine Deadline deals of the Jeter era II

Roughly two years ago, we here at The Niner saluted the MLB non-waiver trade deadline by striking up a list of the Yankees' Best Deadline Deals in the Derek Jeter Era.

Time, as well as the deadline acquisitions of Ichiro Suzuki in 2012 and Alfonso Soriano in 2013, have caused us to look back at that list and re-evaluate it - so, in deference to us (hopefully) being kind of busy on July 31 this year, we've gone back and re-ranked the list, adding in Ichiro and Soriano and shuffling the deck a bit.

With this being Derek Jeter's final season, we should only have to do this one more time if at all…hey, third time is the charm, right?

    Three separate deals brought the Yankees Lance Berkman, Kerry Wood, and Austin Kearns in 2010, and while they didn't help the Yanks repeat as World Champions, Wood (0.69 ERA, 31 K) earned himself a nice farewell deal with the Cubs and both Berkman and Kearns produced some big hits.
    Yes, we know Alfonso Soriano didn't help the 2013 Yankees reach the playoffs and went from savior to DFA'ed in one calendar year, but in terms of sheer initial impact, you can't overlook the facts that Sori smacked 17 homers and notched 50 RBI in just 58 games in pinstripes after being acquired.
    The Yankees' pitching staff was decimated by injuries in 2005 - but after coming over from Colorado, Shawn Chacon became an unlikely ace, going 7-3 with a 2.85 ERA down the stretch to help the Bombers win their eighth straight AL East title.
  • GETTING THE ICH (2012)
    Ichiro Suzuki's 2013 and 2014 have been up-and-down, but as that came on a new contract, we don't hold that against him here; instead, we look back fondly on the Ichiro that hit .322 with five homers and 14 steals in 67 games for the 2012 Yanks and solidified the outfield as they went on to win the AL East.
    The Yankees sent three prospects to Cleveland in June 2000 to get David Justice, who promptly went .305-20-60 down the stretch and helped the team win the World Series. As a bonus, he hit 18 more home runs in 2001 before being traded to the Mets for Robin Ventura.
  • BIG DADDY'S HOUSE (1996)
    That's what the Stadium became in 1996, when Cecil Fielder was acquired from the Tigers. In 151 games with the Bombers in 1996 and 1997, Big Cecil hit 26 bombs, drove in 98 runs, and won his only World Series ring with the '96 team.
    Fresh off his Home Run Derby victory, Bobby Abreu was traded from Philly to the Bombers at the 2006 deadline. Abreu was definitely sweeter than candy, as he hit .295 in the Bronx and posted back-to-back seasons of 100 RBI.
    Aaron Boone was only in the Bronx for a few months, and he only hit .254 in 54 games as a Bomber. But, uh, you might remember that he hit a pretty big home run that October.
  • CONEY'S ISLAND (1995)
    David Cone came to New York in a '95 deadline deal with Toronto, and all he did was win 64 games and four World Championships over the next 5 ½ years. Oh, yeah, and that Perfect Game thing too, he did that. comments