Sometimes you make the trade you want to make and sometimes you make the trade you have to make because you can’t make the trade you want to make.
Before last week’s trade deadline, the Yankees acquired utility man Martin Prado from the Diamondbacks. That was the trade they had to make because they couldn’t make the trade they wanted to make.
The trade they wanted to make would have brought utility man Dustin Ackley from the Mariners, but the Mariners wanted Yankees’ prospect Brian Mitchell in return and New York was not prepared to give up that much.
So, Ackley stayed in Seattle and the Yankees contended themselves with Prado.
Ackley is hitting .253 with 5 HR and 36 RBI this year for Seattle, while Prado is hitting .270 with 5 HR and 42 RBI. Seems like the Yankees didn’t miss much by missing on Ackley. Plus they got to keep Mitchell, who throws 95 and is having a decent year in the minors. The Yanks need all the pitching they can get.
Dustin Ackley likely is glad he didn’t get traded to the Yankees, because then he would have had to shave off his magnificent beard. Plus, Seattle is probably a more serious contender right now than New York, even being in the same division as the Angels and A’s.