Conine gave Marlins a boost in '03

Trades executed after the July 31 non-waiver deadline may provide some relief, but they generally don't do much to affect the final standings.

Updated: August 12, 2005, 12:31 PM ET
By Rob Neyer | ESPN Insider
My assignment: Find the five biggest post-deadline trades of the last five seasons. Thanks to Retrosheet it was easy to find the trades. What wasn't so easy, though, was finding big trades. As it turns out, while there's plenty of talk about post-July 31 deals that change the fundamental dynamics of pennant races, in practice there just aren't many big deals, and the big deals that occur usually don't do much to affect the final standings.

Here, though, are the five trades that either did make, or could have made, some sort of difference:

Aug. 26, 2003: The San Diego Padres traded Jason Bay, Oliver Perez and a player to be named later (minor-league pitcher Cory Stewart) to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Brian Giles.


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