The 2018 non-waiver trade deadline is almost here, and the Yankees have been active already. But they may not be done.
Here are six huge deals that went down on or around past trade deadlines...
July 21, 1988: Jay Buhner traded to Mariners for Ken Phelps
Buhner was one of the Yankees' top young players in their system, but prospects weren't really up George Steinbrenner's alley when he was running the show. So, Steinbrenner traded Buhner for the more-established Phelps.
Unfortunately, this deal wasn't a good memory for Yankee fans as Buhner spent 13 seasons in Seattle as one of their staples in the starting nine. He accumulated three 40-home run seasons from 1995-97, and made the All-Star game in '96. Phelps, on the other hand, was mediocre in two seasons with the Yanks owning a .240 average with 17 homers over 131 games.
This trade was so bad it made it to a Seinfeld episode, which Buhner touches on in the video below...
July 28, 1995: Yankees acquire David Cone from Blue Jays for minor-leaguers Jason Jarvis, Mike Gordon and Marty Janzen
This is a better memory for Yankee fans as Cone delivered while in pinstripes. He was a two-time All-Star hurler, and won 20 games in 1998 (3.55 ERA). Cone even tossed a perfect game against the Expos in 1999.
But even more important was the fact that Cone was the final piece that brought together the Yankees dynasty that won four World Series titles ('96, '98, '99, '00) during his time in the Bronx.
July 31, 1996: Yankees acquire Cecil Fielder from Tigers for Ruben Sierra and Matt Drews
"Big Daddy" was coming to the end of his MLB career when the Yankees acquired him on the deadline back in '96. However, he played a big part as a DH to help the Yankees win the '96 World Series.
Fielder only spent parts of two seasons with the Yankees, owning a .260/.352/.440 slash line with 26 homers. But he has a ring to show for his short stint in pinstripes.
July 31, 2004: Yankees deal Jose Contreras to White Sox for Esteban Loaiza
Contreras may have had a late start to his career, debuting at age 31 with the Yankees in 2003. But he bursted onto the scene as a quality pitcher for the Yanks in their run to the World Series that season.
At the deadline in '04, though, the Yankees decided to deal the right-hander given his 5.64 ERA over 18 starts. In return, the White Sox gave up Esteban Loaiza in a pitcher-for-pitcher deal.
It quickly turned bad for the Yanks as Loaiza pitched only 10 games (six starts) to the tune of a 8.50 ERA to finish off the year. He wouldn't return the next season, while Contreras provided a 3.61 ERA over 32 starts for Chicago in 2005.
July 25, 2016: Yankees trade Aroldis Chapman to Cubs for Gleyber Torres, Adam Warren, Billy McKinney and Rashad Crawford
The Yankees were in a selling position at the deadline two seasons ago -- something fans weren't used to seeing. But GM Brian Cashman made the best of the situation by putting some of his best arms on the market to load up on prospects for the future.
One of those arms the flame-throwing Chapman, and many suitors were out there to acquire the closer. The Cubs, in particular, were looking to break their century-long World Series drought, and Cashman took advantage of GM Theo Epstein's pursuit to do just that.
Chapman was dealt to Chicago, and it all worked out for both parties. The Cubs ended their streak, winning the World Series. The Yankees got the prospects they wanted, especially Torres who is obviously a big deal on today's squad.
Oh, and Chapman returned to the Bronx the next season. Safe to say the Yanks won that deal.
July 31, 2016: Yankees trade Andrew Miller to Indians for Clint Frazier, Justus Sheffield, ben Heller and J.P. Feyereisen
The other big arm Cashman made available was Miller, and the Indians -- making their own World Series run -- wanted him badly. Cashman, once again, reaped some top prospects like Frazier and Sheffield, who are currently at the top of their farm system today.
The Indians made it to the World Series, and Miller had a big part in that. They would end up losing to the Cubs, but the Yankees could care less as they had to be ecstatic with their returns during this year's deadline.