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Featured: MLB Trade Deadline Recap – Part II

After 12 years in Seattle, Ichiro made the switch to New York – just days before the July 31st trade deadline.

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.

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Rick Nash Traded In A Blockbuster

The New York Rangers and Columbus Blue Jackets have made a long-awaited blockbuster trade involving superstar Rick Nash. There has been months of speculation of where Rick Nash was going to be traded after asking Scott Howson to trade him after some personal words cross ways, which led to Nash wanting a trade. In the end, the New York Rangers have traded Brandon Dubinsky, Tim Erixon, Artem Anisimov and a first round draft pick for Rick Nash, Steven Delisle, and a conditional 3rd round draft pick.

Rick Nash had this to say about joining Broadway “I think they already are one of the top teams in the league and the players they have there is pretty impressive right from the goaltender and the defense and right on up. I’m proud to be part of the organization and the whole city.”

Nash is an exciting player who brings speed, power, and goal scoring ability to the table. The New York Rangers will need Nash’ goal scoring ability a lot with Marian Gaborik out until at least December with a shoulder surgery. This being one reason they needed Nash, they also saw that they lacked goal scoring in the playoffs as Gaborik disappeared with only five goals in 20 playoff games.

On the other side of the trade, the Blue Jackets got a decent return for Nash, but not a full return. Scott Howson was asking for a lot from New York, which included players like Kreider, Stepan and McDonagh who were said to be untouchable. Dubinsky is a solid two-way forward who will bring power and scoring to the table. He plays well against the boards and can defend. Tim Erixon is an upcoming offensive defenseman who has top four pairing potential. Anisimov is also a decent goal scoring forward who will provide some depth to the team. The first round pick will likely be late in the draft.

All and all, I think the return Columbus got was not enough to replicate what Rick Nash brought to the table. He is a 30 goal scorer year in and year out and will probably hit 40 goals-80 points with better teammates in New York. I can not see Dubinsky and Anisimov providing  bigger numbers in Columbus. Only time will tell though.

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