Today there were three trades made in baseball, kicking off the trade season. Ryan Dempster, Anibal Sanchez, Omar Infante, and surprisingly, Ichiro Suzuki were all moved. The one deal that hasn't gone through is the Dempster trade, as he has to waive his no-trade clause.
To get an idea of what each player fetched, let's look at each trade and compare the returns to players in the Pirates' system. These comparisons will be value only. The values will be determined by Baseball America's top 100 list (or their mid-season top 50), and any players not on that list will see their value set by John Sickels' pre-season grades. Note that comparing one player to another is just on value. Saying one guy has the same value as another just says they're both Grade B hitters or top 50 pitchers, for example. It doesn't say they're actually similar players.
Dempster's Trade Value: His base value is about $1.1 M, although money is included in the deal. We don't know the money invo...
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