In honor of the July 31st trade deadline that's fastly approaching, I've compiled a list of some of the best deadline deals made by the Reds in recent memory. This post only includes trades made in July, so any made outside of that period (i.e. Mat Latos, Sean Marshall, etc.) were not eligible. Without further ado, here they are:
*July 19th, 2001 - The Reds receive 2B Todd Walker and OF Robin Jennings from the Rockies in exchange for OF Alex Ochoa. Jennings never amounts to much, but Walker puts up a .298 average and 96 RBI's in his 1 1/2 seasons with the club before signing with Boston in the '03 off-season. Ochoa bounces around with three different teams before leaving the pro ranks a season later.
*July 6th, 2003 - The Chicago White Sox send 2B D'Angelo Jimenez to the Reds in a trade for RHP Scott Dunn. Jimenez hits .271 and accumulates a .359 OBP over his next three years with the franchise. Dunn is traded again three weeks later by Chicago - this time to the Angels - where he goes on to appear in just 10 career major league games.
*July 31st, 2009 - Cincinnati sends 3B Edwin Encarnacion, RHP Josh Roenicke and RHP Zach Stewart to Toronto in return for 3B Scott Rolen. Rolen immediately instills a winning mindset to the clubhouse in helping the Reds to a 27-13 record (in games he appears in) to finish the '09 year. That momentum carries over to the '10 season where the seasoned veteran helps guide the team to it's first postseason appearance since '95. Meanwhile, Encarnacion has thrived north-of-the-border in 2012. In hindsight, it looks a deal that benefited both clubs, which is always what you hope for when striking a deal.
Be on the lookout for a post later in this week detailing the 'Worst deadline deals in recent memory'. It's sure to be a doozie.