2019 Clutch Series 3 Insert Preview – Traded

Having trouble building a team of corresponding players to a stadium? Welcome to the future. Introducing the first ever dual-team Clutch cards! These players can be used at either stadium of their listed team. These Blockbuster legends have been discussed for years following their deadline swaps. Zack Greinke headlines this set as the most recent traded LE card, following his near Game 7 victory in the World Series. The most sought after card in this set may be the recently appointed manager of the NY Mets, Carlos Beltran. His trade to Houston brought him a Post-Season run that tied a BARRY BONDS record…….

So take a walk down memory lane, and take a peak at some of the greatest Blockbuster deals of all-time……


August 27th, 1992:
Cone was the lone Mets representative at the 1992 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, going 9–4 with a 2.56 ERA at the All-Star break. With a 56–67 record, and fourteen games behind the first place Pirates, the infamous “worst team money could buy” traded Cone to the Toronto Blue Jays for Jeff Kent and Ryan Thompson on August 27, 1992 after the non-waiver trading deadline.







July 26th, 2015:
Cueto was traded to the Kansas City Royals in exchange for Brandon Finnegan and minor leaguers John Lamb and Cody Reed. Despite Cueto’s success, the Reds’ continued to plummet in the NL Central, and ultimately chose to trade Cueto to the Royals days before the Trade Deadline. In 19 starts with the Reds, Cueto went 7-6 with a 2.62 ERA, striking out 120 batters across ​130.2 innings (good for a K/9 ratio of 8.27), limiting opponents to a .196 batting average, and posting a WHIP of 0.93.







July 31st, 2019:
The Diamondbacks traded Greinke to the Houston Astros with cash considerations in exchange for four minor league prospects: Corbin Martin, J. B. Bukauskas, Seth Beer, and Joshua Rojas. In 2019 with the Astros he was 8-1 with a 3.02 ERA. Between the two teams, in 2019 he was 18-5 with a 2.93 ERA. Greinke started Game 7 of the 2019 World Series for the Astros. Greinke’s line was a pretty 6.1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K’s. He got a no-decision when Will Harris entered the game and quickly blew the lead.







July 29th, 2010:
Oswalt was dealt to the Philadelphia Phillies for J. A. Happ and two minor league players, center fielder Anthony Gose, and shortstop Jonathan Villar. In the 2010 NLCS against the San Francisco Giants, Oswalt won Game 2 by allowing only 1 run in 8 innings, which was his ninth postseason start without a loss. Oswalt entered Game 4 in the bottom of the ninth inning, attempting to preserve a tie game, but took the loss. In Game 6, Oswalt allowed 2 runs in 6 innings but left with the game tied; the Giants later broke the tie to win that game and the series.







July 7th, 2008:
Sabathia was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers for Matt LaPorta, Michael Brantley, Zach Jackson and Rob Bryson. For the season, Sabathia was 17–10 overall (11–2 with Milwaukee) with a 2.70 ERA and struck out 251 batters. Sabathia was sixth in the voting for the 2008 NL MVP award. He was also awarded the Warren Spahn Award for the second year in a row.







July 26th, 2000:
Schilling was traded to the Diamondbacks for first baseman Travis Lee and pitchers Vicente Padilla, Omar Daal, and Nelson Figueroa. He went 22–6 with a 2.98 ERA in 2001, leading the majors in wins and innings pitched. He also went 4–0 with a 1.12 ERA in the playoffs. In the World Series, the Diamondbacks beat the New York Yankees in seven games. Schilling was 1-0 in that World Series with a 1.69 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 21 innings. He shared the 2001 World Series MVP Award with teammate Randy Johnson.







June 13th, 1984:
Traded by Cleveland Indians with George Frazier and Ron Hassey to Chicago Cubs in exchange for Mel Hall, Joe Carter, Don Schulze and Darryl Banks. Sutcliffe rebounded and won 16 games for the Cubs while losing only one, helping them to the division championship. On October 2, 1984, he started the first game of the NLCS against the San Diego Padres, giving up two hits and no runs, not only gaining the victory, but also hitting a home run in the third inning. Five days later, Sutcliffe pitched the final game of the series at Jack Murphy Stadium, but posted the loss after giving up four runs in the seventh inning.







July 29, 2008:
Teixeira was traded to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for Casey Kotchman and minor league pitcher Stephen Marek. Batting third in the Angels order, Teixeira hit .358 with 13 home runs and 43 RBIs after the trade to help his new team to their first 100-win season in franchise history. Through 2011, he was one of seven major leaguers to have had at least four 30-homer, 100-RBI seasons in their first five years, along with Chuck Klein, Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, Ralph Kiner, Albert Pujols, and Ryan Braun.







July 24, 2009:
The A’s traded Holliday to the St. Louis Cardinals for prospects Brett Wallace, Clayton Mortensen, Shane Peterson, and $1.5 million. He hit in the fourth slot in the lineup behind All-Star first baseman Albert Pujols. Because Pujols already wore jersey number 5, the number Holliday previously wore with Colorado and Oakland, St. Louis issued him the number 15.







June 28, 2000:
Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman finalized a trade with Indians General Manager John Hart, sending Jake Westbrook, Zach Day, and Ricky Ledée to Cleveland in exchange for Justice. The Yankees, who were unable to lure Sammy Sosa or Juan Gonzalez from their respective teams, looked to Justice as a legitimate longball threat. In return, Justice caught fire down the stretch and won the 2000 AL Championship Series MVP Award en route to his second world championship.







July 31, 2008:
Ramirez was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in a three-way deal. The Boston Red Sox acquired outfielder Jason Bay and minor league infielder Josh Wilson, and the Pittsburgh Pirates got infielder Andy LaRoche and pitching prospect Bryan Morris from the Dodgers and outfielder Brandon Moss and pitcher Craig Hansen from the Red Sox. Ramirez was fourth in the voting for the 2008 NL MVP award, with 138 points, behind Albert Pujols, Ryan Howard, and Ryan Braun; this was remarkable for someone who played less than half a season in the NL.







June 24, 2004:

The Royals traded Beltrán to the Houston Astros in a three-team deal, which also sent relief pitcher Octavio Dotel from the Astros to the Oakland Athletics, while the Royals picked up Oakland minor leaguers (pitcher Mike Wood and third-baseman Mark Teahen) and Astros’ catcher John Buck. Overall in 2004 combined with both teams he played for, Beltrán played 159 games with a .267 batting average, 38 home runs, 42 stolen bases, 104 RBI, and 121 runs scored. In the 2004 playoffs, Beltrán tied Barry Bonds’ single post-season record with eight home runs. He hit one in each of the first four games of the NLCS against the St. Louis Cardinals. Beltrán clubbed at least one home run in a record-setting five consecutive postseason games.

Sean Norberg

Co-Creator of Clutch Baseball. Grew up on Long Island, NY. Life-long Yankee fan, teacher, and coach.
Created his own cards as a kid using index cards and aluminum foil for holographic cards.