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Five Smartest Trade Deadline Moves In New York Yankees History

1. David Cone

Yes, he was traded to the Yankees in the latter portion of his career but David Cone instantly became a key component of New York’s late 90’s dynasty.

Traded from the Toronto Blue Jays to the Bronx in 1995 exchange for two minor leaguers and Marty Janzen (6.39 career ERA), some would argue that just the risk was a victory.

Cone’s performance spoke for itself, though. In the 13 games he pitched in during the second half of ’95 he won nine of them while maintaining a 3.82 ERA across 99 innings of work.

Overall, he won 64 games compared to 40 losses during his six years sporting navy blue pinstripes including an ERA of 3.91, a 20-win season in 1998, and two All-Star appearances. Cone also finished in the Top-10 in CY-Young Award voting twice as he added four rings to his collection.

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