March Trading

March trading typically involves out of options players, former top prospects, and spare parts, but these players can have a major impact.  Here's a look at the players acquired via trade during this month over the last few years, with the help of MLBTR's Transaction Tracker.



  • Sergio Santos (Giants), Chris Stewart (Yankees), Luke Gregerson (Padres), Eulogio de la Cruz (Padres), Curtis Thigpen (Athletics), Ronny Paulino (Giants and Marlins), Hector Correa (Giants), Jack Taschner (Phillies), Chris Burke (Mariners), Rudy Darrow (Braves), Josh Anderson (Tigers), Jeff Keppinger (Astros)
  • The Giants' 2009 acquisition of Santos is an interesting story.  According to Yahoo's Jeff Passan, he was dealt to San Francisco with the caveat that if the Giants couldn't play Santos every day as a shortstop, they'd send him back to Chicago to start a conversion to pitching.  He was indeed traded back to the Sox on April 1st and made the team out of Spring Training the following year, tossing 51 2/3 innings of 2.96 ball with 56 strikeouts in 2010.
  • Gregerson was sent to the Padres to complete the December '08 Khalil Greene deal with the Cardinals.  Clearly that pickup was a big win for Kevin Towers.  Paulino, Taschner, Anderson, and Keppinger also spent significant time in the bigs in '09.


  • Henry Arias (Reds), Brad Salmon (Royals), Mike McCoy (Orioles), Justin Huber (Padres), Todd Redmond (Braves), Tyler Yates (Pirates), Ramon Ramirez (Royals), Jose Marte (Diamondbacks), Dustin Nippert (Rangers), Jair Fernandez (Twins), R.A. Dickey (Mariners), Matt Kata (Pirates)
  • Yates, Nippert, and Dickey spent significant time in the Majors in '08.  Dickey landed with the Mets as a free agent in December of '09 after a stint with the Twins, and took off with a 2.84 ERA in 174 1/3 innings.
  • The Royals acquired Ramirez from the Rockies in March of '08, sending Jorge de la Rosa to the Rockies a month later to complete the deal.  De La Rosa's career took off with the Rockies, culminating in a $32.5MM deal in November of last year.  The Royals sent Ramirez to the Red Sox in November of '08 for Coco Crisp.  Crisp might have been a solid acquisition for Kansas City, but shoulder surgery interrupted his season.

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5 Comments on "March Trading"

4 years 5 months ago

I would say Frandsen spent significant time in the majors as well, just for a different team.

4 years 5 months ago

Yeah I should have been more clear

4 years 5 months ago

Pretty uneventful March, start the regular season already, I can’t wait anymore!

4 years 5 months ago

Ha ha Ginats thanks for Santos. Wait nevermind they won the World Series last year, not sure you could upset a Giants fan right now.

Tom R
4 years 5 months ago

Seriously hope Reggie Willits is on the 2011 version of this list.