3 Major MLB Trades go down+ 1 NHL Trade- signs point to more happening soon.

Posted: 07/23/2012 by levcohen in Baseball

The MLB (and sort of NHL) trade floodgates opened today, as four big trades went down.

NHL: Rangers trade Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, Tim Erixon, 2013 1st round pick to the Columbus Blue Jackets for star Rick Nash.

Reactions: At first glance, it looks like the Rangers- who are in win now mode- got a steal. None of the 3 players they gave were that important to them, and they got a consistent 30 goal scorer. However, the Blue Jackets were in a very bad situation. As they held onto Nash (who requested a trade), his value went down. They did get two solid established forwards in Dubinsky and Anisimov, and a prospect in Erixon. The first round pick is nice, but will be near the end of the first round. All three players are young.

Rangers Grade: A++
Blue Jackets Grade: C+

MLB:

Atlanta Braves trade Randall Delgado to the Chicago Cubs for Ryan Dempster (for the deal to be completed, Dempster needs to waive his no trade clause).

Reactions:
This looks like a pretty good trade for both teams. The Braves are in great position to win one of the wild card spots, but they have lost Brandon Beachy and Aroldis Vizcaino to Tommy John. The acquisition of Dempster will lead to the demotion of Jair Jurrjens or Mike Minor. The rotation is likely to look like this: Tommy Hanson, Tim Hudson, Dempster, Ben Sheets, Minor. That is decent. The Cubs also have to love the deal for their side. They are rebuilding, and Dempster’s contract runs out after this season. They did well to get a top 50 prospect while they could.

UPDATE: Dempster has a 50/50 chance of waiving his NTC.

Braves Grade: A-
Cubs Grade: B+

Miami Marlins trade Omar Infante and Anibal Sanchez to the Tigers for Jacob Turner, Rob Brantly, Brian Flynn

Reactions: The Tigers just solidified their lineup and rotation big time. Second base was by far their biggest hole in their lineup, while the addition of Sanchez gives them another solid starter. In return, they gave three good prospects. Turner is their top prospect (and top 20 in baseball), Brantly is their top catching prospect (and their #5 overall prospect), and Flynn is a solid depth piece. This could be the white flag for the Marlins. They had high hopes coming into this season after making several major signings, but they have been bad. Now they are trading their solid players for prospects.

Tigers Grade: A
Marlins Grade: C

New York Yankees trade DJ Mitchel and Danny Farquhar to the Seattle Mariners for Ichiro Suzuki

Reactions: Noooo. Not another high profile star going to the Yankees for nothing. To be fair, Ichiro is not what he used to be. He has had a horrible season with a sub .600 OPS. However, the Yankees really traded NOTHING for him.. Mitchel has appeared in 4 games for the Yankees, with an ERA near 4. He hasn’t pitched 100 innings above AA. Farquhar was recently picked up off waivers by the Yankees. So a WW player and Mitchel for Ichiro. The Mariners didn’t really have a choice. Ichiro is a FA after this season, and reportedly asked to be traded, not for his sake but for the team’s sake (Ichiro realizesĀ  that they are in rebuilding mode). Still, Seattle should’ve gotten a little more.

Yankees Grade: A
Mariners Grade: D-

More possible deals:
The D-Backs apparently are in love with Rangers third base prospect Mike Olt. An interesting trade offer would be a deal around Olt and Justin Upton. The already stacked Rangers would get even better.

The Cubs and Dodgers are discussing a Matt Garza for Zach Lee swap. Lee is the Dodgers’ top prospect, but has a 5.85 ERA this year in A and AA.

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