Each of the last 8 World Series winners made impact acquisitions – MLB.com

Justin Verlander is the most extreme example of the impact a Trade Deadline acquisition can have on a team. He’s not the only reminder of how important the next few weeks are to contending teams, just the best.

“He changed us in a lot of ways,” Astros catcher Brian McCann said, “and we were already in a good spot.”

Justin Verlander is the most extreme example of the impact a Trade Deadline acquisition can have on a team. He’s not the only reminder of how important the next few weeks are to contending teams, just the best.

“He changed us in a lot of ways,” Astros catcher Brian McCann said, “and we were already in a good spot.”

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Could the Astros have won the World Series without him? That’s unlikely. Verlander joined the team minutes before the Aug. 31 deadline for setting playoff rosters, which is the ultimate deadline.

The Astros were having one of their few tough stretches when Verlander walked in the door and ignited a month-long charge into the postseason. The Astros won all five of his regular-season starts and four of five in the playoffs. Throw in a postseason relief appearance, and Verlander had a dazzling 1.66 ERA for his new team.

As various names — Manny Machado, Mike Moustakas, J.A. Happ, etc.– are discussed, every general manager might want to hang Verlander’s photo on his wall.

Or maybe Aroldis Chapman’s.

Or Ben Zobrist’s.

Baseball’s last eight World Series winners have gotten important contributions from players acquired at or around the July 31st non-waiver Trade Deadline.

The 2009 Yankees were the last team to win a World Series without a significant addition, so that’s the starting point for this list.

Here’s a snapshot of the last eight champions:

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