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The Yankees Trade Partner History series

Looking back at over a century of Yankees deals with each team, which ones stand out?

Dan Brink

With the calendar fully flipped to 2024, the pressure will be on Yankees general manager Brian Cashman to make a trade or two to get the team in position to truly contend for a championship. The team has some top-tier talent, but it might not be complete enough to break the 15-year drought from World Series play.

Given the Yankees’ long history, it will not be hard to find at least a somewhat comparable deal to any that the front office might make. Since we’ll be thinking about Yankees history anyway, the process has inspired us to begin a new series as we await pitchers and catchers reporting for spring training in mid-February.

Over the course of the next month, we’ll run through each of the 29 other teams and look back at some notable trades* between them and the Yankees (with the vital assistance of Baseball Reference). For each pairing, we’ll run through a “Best Trade,” “Worst Trade,” “Most Overlooked Trade,” and “Weirdest Trade,” while trying to paint a picture of what was going on at the time of each deal.

*Note: We are trying to keep the focus on trades rather than pure purchases, à la Babe Ruth. So don’t be surprised if we skip over some memorable purchases like that one, or only give them a brief mention.

Just to add some variety to the daily articles, we’ll go in alphabetical order by team name but alternate between leagues. Interleague trades used to be slightly less common when the American and National Leagues were a touch more independent, anyway. Since I prefer starting in the AL with the Angels, that will leave consecutive NL teams at the very end, but we’ll live.

The series begins today. We hope you’ll enjoy this deep dive into the many trades of Yankees history along with us!


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