The biggest salvos in this year's busy midsummer trading session were fired in the final hours of the final day, as two Hall of Fame-caliber players -- Ken Griffey Jr. and Manny Ramirez -- were traded just before the non-waiver Trade Deadline. Full story >
The Deal: The Dodgers pulled arguably the biggest midseason deal in team history right at the Deadline, acquiring future Hall of Fame slugger Manny Ramirez from the Red Sox in a three-way deal that also saw Pittsburgh's Jason Bay head to Boston. The Pirates received two prospects from each team, including reliever Craig Hansen and third baseman Andy LaRoche.
The Deal: The Junior Era in Cincinnati had its individual moments (see: 500th and 600th homers) but never really even approached the team success anyone hoped. Sent off in his walk year with his approval for a reliever and a Minor League infielder, Griffey goes to Chicago with his first trip to October since 1997 on his mind. GM Kenny Williams thought he had Griffey a few years ago, and now he finally reeled in the big bopper -- though that's not exactly an area of need for the White Sox. But if the crowded lineup creates enough power to propel them into October, it'll be worth it.
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