Previously in the Recap series, I discussed some of the trades that occurred in early-mid July. As the trade deadline loomed on the horizon, GMs became more aggressive and went after the more coveted players that were being shopped on the block.
07/23/12: (NYY-SEA) Yankees get I. Suzuki (OF), Mariners get D.J. Mitchell (SP), and Danny Farquhar (RP)
Another superstar has entered the fold in New York. Ichiro (38) will merely serve as another insurance OF for the Yankees. Yes, he had 10 consecutive 200+ hit seasons. Yes, he batted above .300 for 9 of them. However he is on the decline. In 2011, he had career lows in hits (184), BA (.272), and OBP (.310). While he is still racking the SB count (and those will go down soon as well), he cannot beat out the infield single as easily as he used to. His biggest asset was his quickness, but his second was his gold glove. He still is a premier defender and will provide a nice defensive substitute down the stretch. Until Gardner returns, Ichiro will most likely get the nod. If he does well, Manager Joe Girardi will stick him somewhere else (depending on the FA this offseason). On the other side of the trade, Seattle is clearly making a break from the Suzuki-era; they are trying to rebuild and create a new face to the franchise. These two 2008 draftees will help out one way or another. Of the two, Mitchell has greater potential but Farquhar will make the quicker impact at the major league level.
Conclusion – This was more or less a dump by Seattle in order to transition to an Ichiro-less future.
Trade Analysis: Carlos Lee (OF Astros) to Miami in exchange for Matt Dominguez (3B) and Rob Rasmussen (SP)
Carlos Lee is headed to South Beach. After mulling it over for several weeks, The 36 year-old All-Star has finally been shipped off to Miami. In exchange, the Astros receive 22 year-old Matt Dominguez and 23 year-old Rob Rasmussen. The final cornerstone of the Astros has been moved and the rebuilding mode is officially in overdrive. But how does each team fare when the dust settles?
Miami Marlins: Currently sitting in 4th place in the NL East, the baseball gods just have not been favoring Miami this year. They have been plagued by injuries and have lost one too many close games. All-Star 3B Hanley Ramirez is only batting .259. Jose Reyes cannot get on base (BA is .268 and OBP .341), but when he does he gets a steal (19 SB). 1B Gaby Sanchez does not appear to be ready for the majors. Josh Johnson cannot keep runs off the board. Heath Bell cannot seal the deal. While this young team has so much potential, nothing seems to be working out.