San Francisco Giants: 15 greatest MLB trade deadline deals of all time

By Joel Reuter
Marco Scutaro, San Francisco Giants. (Photo by Tony Medina/Getty Images)
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Javier Lopez, San Francisco Giants
Javier Lopez, San Francisco Giants. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) /

4. Javier Lopez wins three titles, proves untouchable in October

Date: July 31, 2010
To Giants: LHP Javier Lopez
To Pirates: 1B John Bowker, RHP Joe Martinez

Would the Giants have won three titles without Javier Lopez?

The lefty specialist posted a 1.42 ERA in 27 appearances after he was acquired at the 2010 deadline, then retired 16 of the 18 batters he faced in the postseason.

He came to the Giants with team control through the 2011 MLB season and was brilliant again in his first full season with San Francisco, logging a 2.72 ERA with 20 holds in 70 appearances.

That earned him a two-year, $8.5 million extension that was followed by three-year, $13 million extension, and he retired in a Giants uniform at the age of 38 in 2016.

He scuffled a bit in his final season with the team, but still finished with a 2.47 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 110 holds in 446 total appearances during the regular season.

His legacy was built in the postseason, though.

Serving as a key member of three World Series-winning bullpens, he posted a brilliant 1.38 ERA and a .119 opponents’ batting average with nine holds in 25 career playoff appearances.

John Bowker and Joe Martinez had a combined 0.2 WAR during their time with the Pirates.