Every year after the All-Star break in late July, the rumors begin to swirl around the league regarding moves that are going to be made leading up to Major League Baseball’s non-waiver trade deadline. Whether it be a team in contention making a move for that final piece or two that they hope will propel them into a late postseason run, or the team on the opposite end of the spectrum trying to unload players of value in an effort to build for the future, it’s always one of the most interesting times of the season.
In 2015 we saw no shortage of blockbuster deals, probably most notably was the acquisition of Yoenis Cespedes by the New York Mets. The Cespedes deal was the epitome of what the “buyer” during the lead up to the trade deadline hopes to achieve. The Mets acquired a piece that undoubtedly propelled them to not only a shocking division title, but a playoff run that extended all the way to the World Series, before they were defeated by the eventual champion Kansas City Royals.
So let’s take a look at some of the most notable moves made leading up to last seasons trade deadline.