Trade Dominoes Continue to Fall

by Jason Epstein

Via MLB Trade Rumors, here is today’s trade news:

The afternoon report saying that Ryan Dempster (2.11 ERA, 3.28 FIP in 98 innings) was headed from the Cubs to the Braves is now listed as a 50/50 proposition, according to Jon Heyman of

The Marlins have not played up to the front office’s expectations, and acknowledgment of that became official with the news that Anibal Sanchez (3.94, 3.40 in 121 innings) and Omar Infante (.287 BA/.312 OBP/.442 SLG) were traded to the Tigers in exchange for highly regarded young pitcher Jacob Turner and two prospects. Additionally, the clubs swapped draft picks obtained in the first-ever competitive-balance lottery.

Infante had played second base for the Tigers while in Detroit from 2002 to 2007 and is expected to return to his old position. Sanchez will fortify a rotation that is a mediocre 14th in ERA in MLB.

With the injured Brett Gardner expected to miss the rest of the season, the Yankees acquired future Hall of Famer Ichiro Suzuki (261/.288/.353) from the Mariners. He mostly will play left field, at least against right-handed pitchers. (Relax, Bernie Williams fans: According to LoHud’s Chad Jennings, Ichiro will wear uniform no. 31, not 51.) The Bombers also take on $2.25 million of Ichiro’s $17 million salary. In exchange, last-place Seattle receives minor-league pitchers D. J. Mitchell and Danny Farquhar.

EDIT: Below is Ichiro’s first plate appearance in his new threads.

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