Aug. 9, 2004:
Acquired RHP Cory Lidle from Arizona for Javon Moran, Joe Wilson and Elizardo Ramirez.
Result: Lidle went 5-2 with a 3.90 ERA in 10 and helped the Phillies stage a late-season push for the playoffs. He enjoyed his time here and re-upped in the offseason, paying further dividends.
July 30, 2004: Acquired RHP Todd Jones and Brad Correll from Cincinnati for Josh Hancock and Anderson Machado.
Result: Jones was ineffective with the Phillies, posting an ERA of 4.97 in 25 1/3 innings.
July 30, 2004: Acquired RHP Felix Rodriquez from San Francisco for Ricky Ledee and Alfredo Simon.
Result: Another trade that didn't quite work out for the Phillies, Rodriguez threw hard, but gave up homers in key spots. His biggest value may have been in helping to bring Kenny Lofton to Philadelphia.
July 20, 2003:
Acquired RHP Mike Williams from Pittsburgh for Frank Brooks.
Result: Acquired to provided insurance against Jose Mesa's struggles, Williams proved to be even worse. He compiled a 5.96 ERA over 28 appearances, blew two saves and was never heard from again.
July 29, 2002: Acquired INF Placido Polanco, RHP Mike Timlin and LHP Bud Smith from St. Louis for Scott Rolen and Doug Nickle.
Result: A defining trade for the Phillies, since it meant getting what they could for a star player who they had no shot at resigning. While Smith never panned out, Timlin won a World Series with the Red Sox, Polanco had 2 1/2 productive years in Philadelphia. This season, he helped bring in Ugueth Urbina, so perhaps the Rolen deal will pay dividends in 2005.