Monday, July 23, 2012

First Big Day Of American League Trades Goes Down

After a recent flood of trading deadline rumors of tons of players changing places, today a few actually took place. No big trades had really happened until two today that could have a massive effect on the American League playoff picture. The first is the trade of Marlins' starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez and second baseman Omar Infante heading to Detroit in return for three prospects (including's 10th ranked Jacob Turner). The second is Ichiro Suzuki heading to the New York Yankees for a pair of prospects. Although it's certainly a big piece of news that Ichiro-- the first ballot Hall of Famer who's fallen to a .261/4/28 season in 2012-- is heading to New York, the Detroit deal will have a bigger effect. Ichiro is a famous and much beloved name and all, but his time is up and he'll probably serve as a fourth outfielder with New York. However, Sanchez (5-7/3.94/110) will definitely help a depleted Detroit rotation while Infante (.287/8/33) will shore up a weak second base for the Tigers. These are the first of many potential trades in what looks to be a very exciting deadline.

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