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The Good, The Bad And The Ugly
Jason Schmidt: Went 6-6 with a 4.61 ERA and 1.30 WHIP for the Pirates before his July 30 trade to the Giants. Went 7-1 with a 3.39 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP the rest of the way for the Giants, who finished two games behind the Diamondbacks in the NL West. Schmidt began paying huge dividends for the Giants when he re-signed after the season. Schmidt went 48-20 in his first three full seasons with the Giants, who made the playoffs in 2002 and 2003, and averaged more than a strikeout per inning as he developed into one of the few legit aces in the game.
Curt Schilling: Went 6-6 with a 3.91 ERA and 1.26 WHIP for the Pirates before his July 26 trade to the Diamondbacks. Went 5-6 with a 3.69 ERA and 1.10 WHIP the rest of the way for the Diamondbacks, who finished nine games back in the wild card race. Schilling signed a long-term extension as part of his trade and went 22-6 with a 2.98 ERA and 293 strikeouts during the DBacks' championship season in 2001.
Kris Benson: Went 8-8 with a 4.22 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP for the Pirates prior to his July 30 trade to the Mets. Went 4-4 with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP for the Mets the rest of the way, but the Mets were already falling apart at the time of the trade and finished the season 71-91. The Mets re-signed Benson after the season and he is 7-3 with a 3.14 ERA and 1.11 WHIP for a team that remains on the fringe of the NL East and wild card races.
Cory Lidle: Went 7-10 with a 5.32 ERA and 1.44 WHIP for the Reds prior to his Aug. 9 trade to the Phillies. Went 5-2 with a 3.90 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP for the Phillies the rest of the way, but the Phils finished six games behind the Astros in the wild card race. The Phillies re-signed Lidle after the season but he's gone 8-9 with a 4.63 ERA and 1.32 WHIP for the inconsistent Phillies.
Brian Anderson: Went 9-10 with a 3.71 ERA and 1.31 WHIP for the Indians prior to his Aug. 25 trade to the Royals. Went 5-1 with a 3.99 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP for the Royals, who finished seven games out in the AL Central. Anderson was re-signed by the Royals after the season but went 6-12 with a 5.64 ERA for the 104-loss Royals in 2004. He just underwent Tommy John surgery on his left elbow.
Esteban Loaiza: Went 9-5 with a 4.86 ERA and 1.43 WHIP for the White Sox prior to his July 31 trade to the Yankees. Went 1-2 with an 8.50 ERA and 2.06 WHIP for the Yankees, who yanked him from the rotation before the end of the season. He was actually serviceable as a long reliever in the postseason and pitched well in the extra innings of Game Five of the ALCS before he served up David Ortiz' game-winning single.
2003 Jeff Suppan: Went 10-7 with a 3.57 ERA and 1.26 WHIP for the Pirates prior to his July 31 trade to the Red Sox. Went 3-4 with a 5.57 ERA and 1.43 WHIP for the Sox and did not appear in the playoffs.
Jeff Weaver: Went 6-8 with a 3.18 ERA and 1.19 WHIP for the Tigers prior to his July 5 trade to the Yankees. Went 5-3 with a 4.04 ERA and 1.23 WHIP for the Yankees, who shuttled him between the rotation and bullpen. He didn't completely flame out until 2003, when he went 7-9 with a 5.99 ERA and served up the game-winning homer to Alex Gonzalez in Game Four of the World Series.
Ryan Dempster: Went 5-8 with a 4.79 ERA and 1.50 WHIP for the Marlins prior to his July 11 trade to the Reds. Went 5-5 with a 6.19 ERA and 1.58 WHIP the rest of the way for the Reds, who finished 78-84.
Denny Neagle: Went 8-2 with a 3.52 ERA and 1.37 WHIP prior to his July 12 trade to the Yankees. Went 7-7 with a 5.81 ERA and 1.42 WHIP the rest of the way for the Yankees and was ignobly lifted from Game Four of the World Series with two outs in the fifth inning and the Yankees ahead 3-1.
Brad Penny: Went 8-8 with a 3.15 ERA and 1.24 WHIP for the Marlins prior to his July 30 trade to the Dodgers. Made just three starts with the Dodgers due to a painful biceps injury. Now the Marlins are eager to unload his former teammate A.J. Burnett. Buyer beware?
Victor Zambrano: Went 9-7 with a 4.43 ERA and 1.59 WHIP for the Devil Rays before the Mets inexplicably acquired him in exchange for stud prospect Scott Kazmir July 30. Zambrano had a sore elbow at the time of the trade and made just three starts with the Mets, who re-signed him out of necessity after the season. He's 4-9 with a 3.86 ERA this year while Kazmir (5-7, 4.15 ERA) is the AL's most exciting young left-handed pitcher.
Ted Lilly: Was 3-6 with a 3.40 ERA and 1.06 WHIP as a swingman for the Yankees prior to his July 5 trade to the Athletics. Came down with a sore shoulder shortly after the deal and made just six appearances (five starts) for the Athletics, though he did go 12-10 for the Athletics in 2003.
Pedro Astacio: Was 6-13 with a 5.49 ERA and 1.43 for the Rockies prior to his July 31 trade to the Astros. All those starts in Colorado (a franchise-record 129) caught up to him as he made just four starts with the Astros before he was diagnosed with a partially torn right rotator cuff. Astacio eventually had surgery in 2003 and has yet to revert to form.
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