Trades that almost happened:
The Yankees are weighing a possible trade with San Diego for pitcher Matt Clement and outfielder Eric Owens, as well as separate deal for Colorado’s Pedro Astacio, after the Baltimore Orioles scuttled a proposed three-team, 11-player blockbuster trade that would have altered the Yankees’ lineup, rotation and bullpen.
This proposal is on the table: The Yankees could trade Alfonso Soriano, a star infield prospect playing in Class AAA, along with Jason Grimsley, a major league pitcher, and Brandon Knight, a minor league pitcher, to the Padres for Clement, a hard-throwing right-hander, and Owens, who would fill the void in left field created by Shane Spencer’s season-ending knee injury. (source)
Matt Clement and Eric Owens for Alfonso Soriano, Jason Grimsley, Brandon Knight and a major league pitcher? I’m glad the Yankees never pulled the trigger here. Clement and Owens were traded to the Marlins a year later and nether player lived up to expectations. Both are coincidentally no longer active.
The aforementioned rumor came after the news that a three-team blockbuster between the Orioles, Yankees and Padres fell apart. That deal would have sent Clement, B.J. Surhoff and Donnie Wall to the Yankees in exchange for Soriano, Adrian Hernandez, Grimsley and Marcus Thames.
The Yankees were attempting to limit the defensive responsibilities for David Justice and were previously linked to Milwaukee’s Jeromy Burnitz, Montreal’s Rondell White and allegedly turned down a swap of Oakland’s Matt Stairs for Randy Keisler. The Yankees also attempted to directly acquire Surhoff from the Orioles, but were reluctant to give up Soriano. They should have just traded for Stairs.
The Yanks ended up not making any significant moves prior to the July 31st deadline. They did claim Jose Conseco off waivers and signed Luis Polonia during the first week of August.