Five Smartest Trade Deadline Moves In New York Yankees History

Kathy Willens, AP
Kathy Willens, AP

As we get set for another trade deadline season, we take a look back at the best moves the New York Yankees have made at the deadline. 

Very rarely are the New York Yankees considered to be “sellers” at the deadline but come this August 1, that very well may change.

Baseball’s non-waiver trade deadline is eventful, chaotic, stressful, and one of the most interesting days in baseball. Sometimes the moves don’t work out but some (like the players you are about to read about) help by bringing a surplus in production to a team in desperation.

Just because New York may sell this season, it doesn’t mean we can’t reminisce over the greatest trades that provided boosts to a club in dire need of assistance.


Whether it’s a key bat, elite arm, or stellar relief man the Yankees seem determined year in and year out to make a move that would spark a championship run.

For this list, ESNY took a look at which deadline moves proved to be the “right” move. Individual success, team success, and players given up were taken into consideration during the ranking as some players had more of an impact on overall team success than others.

Without further adieu, here are the smartest moves made by the Yankees at the deadline.

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