Now that the baseball deadline is history for 2003, let's look at some of the trades that were made, and one that was not.
Let's start by taking a look at a very interesting trade that was made between the San Francisco Giants and the Baltimore Orioles, with the Giants receiving starting pitcher Sidney Ponson for pitchers Damian Moss, Kurt Ainsworth and a minor league pitcher. This deal was not done to win the division; rather it was done with intentions to win the championship.
Will Sidney Ponson remain a Giant at the end of the season? Of course this remains to be answered because he is eligible for free agency at the end of the season.
More trades came during the day of July 31 with the Reds trading third baseman Aaron Boone to the Yankees for two minor leaguers and $1 million. Was this deal surprising? It would have been if the Reds had not unloaded Boone's father who was the manager of the Reds, and General Manager Jim Bowden along with two coaches.
This deal meant the end of Robin Ventura's stay in New York as he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for two minor leaguers. This deal also puts Fred McGriff or Adrian Beltre's stay in Los Angeles in Jeopardy as well. The Yankees also traded Raul Mondesi to the Arizona Diamondbacks for David Dellucci and a minor leaguer.
The Boston Red Sox and the Pittburgh Pirates made a trade during the week as the Red Sox recieved Scott Sauerback for Brandon Lyon and a minor leaguer, but it was discovered that Lyon had an injured elbow, so the two clubs made another trade with the Pirates sending Lyons back to Boston for promising second baseman Freddy Sanchez and pitcher Jeff Suppan who several teams wanted, including the Cardinals.
Suppan came up in the Red Sox organization in 1993.
Kansas City made a minor deal by acquiring pitcher Al Levine from Tampa Bay for cash. Levine was in the Cardinal training camp at the start of the season.
The deal that was not made was J.D. Drew as he was rumored to go to a number of teams, but the Cardinals chose to keep him for numerous reasons. With Jim Edmonds injured at the time of this writing, Drew is the backup center fielder for the Cardinals. Another factor is that he was injured but now has had surgery and is on his way back. He is currently hitting .292 and the Cardinals do not want a repeat of what happened to them in 1974 when they had a young player named Jose Cruz whom they sold to the Houston Astros for $25,000 in cash. Cruz became a great player in the Astros Organization and his uniform is now in the Astros' Hall of Fame.
Just because these trades are over and done does not mean teams can't still pick up players. They have to clear the waiver wires to do it. Such was a case when the Cards picked up pitcher Woody Williams from the San Diego Padres for Ray Langford a couple of seasons back.