Monday, July 23, 2012
NASH A RANGER, ICHIRO A YANKEE
The Rangers acquired Rick Nash from the Blue Jackets for Brandon Dubinsky, Artemis Anisimov, Tim Erixon and a draft pick. This was a deal that had to be done with Gaborik disabled until possibly December. The upside to this trade is that they didn't give up any nucleus players. Dubinsky is a good player but he is so streaky. He would have stretches where he was basically just a body on the ice. During those stretches I would call him Brandon DoNothing. Tim Erixon is a defenseman that has the potential but never has shown anything with the Rangers. Anisimov was the player that the Rangers are going to miss, he's young and he can score. The acquisition of Nash is going to give the Rangers that scoring punch that they seemed to have been missing all last season. Ichiro was sent to the Yankees for two minor leaguers. I really like the move due to the Yankees being thin at the corner outfield positions due to injuries. Ichiro might not be having the best of years but a player of his caliber might just turn it around being thrown into a pennant race. The Yankees didn't mortgage the farm for a possible summer rental. The Yankees needed outfield help and went and got it. I am hoping that they also look at starting pitching for the second half run.