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Five Smartest Trade Deadline Moves In New York Yankees History

4. Shawn Chacon

If you thought the 2014 and 2015 rotations were delicate, the Yankees used 14 distinct starting pitchers in 2005. If it weren’t for Shawn Chacon, that whole season would have been a disaster.

Chacon went from the closer role in 2004 to the starting rotation in 2005 for the Colorado Rockies and went 1-7 with a 4.09 ERA in 12 starts before coming to New York for Ramon Ramirez and Eduardo Sierra.

He was criticized by the media for not being an answer to their rotation woes but for some unexplainable reason, Chacon flourished in the Bronx by going 7-3 with a 2.85 ERA in 12 starts over the final two months and even turned in a solid performance in the ALDS against the Angels.