Typically the week leading up to the July 31st trade deadline sees the most trades. Usually you see a few deals spread out during the week, with the majority of trades taking place the final two days. That hasn't been the case today. We saw our first big trades made during the 2012 season, with the Chicago Cubs trading Ryan Dempster, the Miami Marlins trading Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante, and the Seattle Mariners trading Ichiro Suzuki.
Chicago dealt Dempster to the Atlanta Braves for top pitching prospect Randall Delgado. Delgado entered the year as the number 46 overall prospect in Baseball America's rankings, although he's fallen a bit this year. The trade is currently held up while they wait for Dempster to waive his no trade clause. Dempster is under control through the end of the year.
Miami dealt Anibal Sanchez, Omar Infante, and a competitive balance pick to the Detroit Tigers for Jacob Turner, Rob Brantley, Brian Flynn, and a competitive balance pick. The Tigers moved ...
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