Henderson among Jays' best deadline pickups
Speedster complemented WAMCO offence, contributed to '93 World Series win
The two deals that Toronto Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos completed to acquire Colby Rasmus on Wednesday are the most recent in a series of memorable transactions the Jays have made prior to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.
Some have helped the team advance to the post-season, while others have failed miserably.
Here's a recap of the club's five most memorable deadline deals in chronological order:
July 31, 1989 — Jays trade pitchers Jeff Musselman and Mike Brady to the New York Mets for outfielder Mookie Wilson.
Longtime Jays fans can still recall chants of "MOOOO-kie" reverberating throughout the SkyDome in 1989. After being acquired from the New York Mets, Wilson energized the Jays offence and quickly evolved into a fan favourite. His .298 batting average and 12 stolen bases in 54 games with the Jays, helped the club overcome a 12-24 start and propel them to an American League East title.
Musselman recorded a 4.47 earned-run average in 48 games for the Mets in 1989 and 1990, while Brady never appeared in the big leagues.
July 31, 1993 — Jays trade pitcher Steve Karsay and a player to be named later (outfielder Jose Herrera) to Oakland for outfielder Rickey Henderson.
Henderson would hit just .215 for the Jays, but he did swipe 22 bases in 44 games and complemented the Jays' WAMCO (White, Alomar, Molitor, Carter, Olerud) offence nicely down the stretch. He also scored six runs in the 1993 World Series.
Karsay would pitch in 36 games over three seasons with the A's and eventually blossom into an effective reliever with the Indians and Yankees. Herrera would hit .264 in 141 games with the Oakland Athletics in 1995 and 1996.
July 28, 1995 — Jays trade pitcher David Cone to the New York Yankees for pitcher Marty Janzen, pitcher Jason Jarvis and catcher Mike Gordon
While Cone proceeded to earn four World Series rings over the next six seasons in pinstripes, the Blue Jays were disappointed by the trio of pitching prospects they received for the ace. Janzen, the only one of the three to pitch in the majors, went 6-7 with a whopping 6.39 ERA in 1996 and 1997 for the Jays.
July 31, 1997 — Jays trade pitchers Mike Timlin and Paul Spoljaric to Seattle for outfielder Jose Cruz, Jr.
Though Cruz never evolved into the superstar that many projected him to be, this deal is still considered one of the best in Jays' history. In parts of six seasons in Toronto, Cruz delivered two 30-home run campaigns, and in 2001, he became the second Jay to record 30 homers and 30 stolen bases in a season.
Spoljaric recorded a 6.38 ERA in 73 games with the Mariners in 1997 and 1998, and Timlin would record 19 saves for Seattle in 1998, before signing with Baltimore as a free agent.
July 19, 2000 — Jays trade second baseman Michael Young and pitcher Darwin Cubillan to Texas for pitcher Esteban Loaiza
Believing the Jays had a chance to end their six-year playoff drought, Jays GM Gord Ash swapped the 24-year-old Young to the Rangers for Loaiza. The frustrating Loaiza went 5-7 with a 3.62 ERA down the stretch for the Jays in 2000, but recorded ERAs over 5.00 in the following two seasons.
Young is closing in on 2,000 hits with the Texas Rangers and is a seven-time all-star.