20 years ago today, good friend of the blog, David Cone was traded to the Yankees from the Toronto Blue Jays.
From the New York Times 7/29/95:
It was a day of blockbuster deals for New York’s baseball teams yesterday as the Yankees braced for a pennant race and the Mets prepared for the future. The Yankees acquired last season’s American League Cy Young Award winner, David Cone, from Toronto for three minor league pitchers, then sent the disgruntled slugger Danny Tartabull to Oakland for Ruben Sierra. The Mets traded Bobby Bonilla* to Baltimore for Alex Ochoa, a talented outfield prospect.
The impetus for the trades is twofold: The Yankees and Orioles are girding for the A.L. East race. The Mets and Jays are trying to shed salaries and build for the future.
From ESPN’s Page 2 where the trade was ranked the 10th worst deadline trade ever in baseball (up to that point)…for the Blue Jays: