In the New York Metropolitan Area, and basically all of New Jersey, fans get nine different teams among the four major sports they can choose to root for: the Giants, Jets, Yankees, Mets, Knicks, Nets, Rangers, Devils and Islanders. I don’t know anyone who roots for the Yankees, Rangers and Jets, but mathematically it may be a hard combination to find.
But I’m sure somewhere out there, maybe in Manhattan or suburban New Jersey, there is a Yankee-Ranger-Jet fan, and he is a very, very happy fan today.
Let’s take a look at three trades, all of which were made by New York franchises Monday, that bring in a right wing, a rightfielder, and a right tackle to make some great teams even better.
Rangers acquire Columbus RW Rick Nash for Artem Anisimov, Brandon Dubinsky, Tim Erixon and a 2013 first-round draft pick
They couldn’t get a trade done last February at the trade deadline, but now the Rangers have their man. Rick Nash, who has played his entire NHL career with the Columbus Blue Jackets and holds most of Columbus’s career offensive records, will play next season for the New York Rangers. Nash has scored thirty or more goals in seven of his nine NHL seasons, 289 in his career. The best player the Rangers gave up was Dubinsky, a center who had two consecutive 20-goal seasons in 2009-10 and 10-11 before scoring just ten goals last year. Anisimov, also a center, has averaged 36 points per year in three full seasons with the Rangers, and Erixon is a defenseman prospect. New York also got defenseman Steven Delisle and a conditional third-round pick in 2013 – all in all a great trade for the Blueshirts.
Yankees acquire Seattle OF Ichiro Suzuki for minor-league pitchers D.J. Mitchell and Danny Farquhar
The trade that made the most headlines yesterday came in major league baseball, where one of the sport’s lifers suddenly changed uniforms and only had to walk to the visiting dugout. The New York Yankees acquired Ichiro Suzuki, sending two pitching prospects, D.J. Mitchell and Danny Farquhar, to Seattle. It was soon revealed that Ichiro had requested a trade several weeks ago, in the interest of Seattle so they could acquire more young talent in return and rebuild for the future. Ichiro was given a standing ovation by the home crowd as he took the field in pinstripes, as the Yanks opened a three-game series at Safeco Field. He then went on to go 1-4 with a stolen base in a Yankees win.
Why is this good for the Yankees? Due to injuries, Nick Swisher is out at least until Friday, and Brett Gardner has been ruled out for the rest of the season, so they needed some immediate help in the outfield, particularly right field. Ichiro, who turns 39 in October, is in the final year of his contract, so New York doesn’t even have to re-sign him. They’re just hoping he can provide some hits for the rest of the season.
Jets acquire Carolina RT Jeff Otah for a conditional seventh-round pick
Wayne Hunter is bad. Just bad. At least, not very good. Not starter material in the NFL. The Jets found that out last year as Mark Sanchez was chased, pummeled, and forced to throw bad passes, many of which turned into interceptions. Their O-line was pretty decent last year, but that’s still a few steps down from how excellent it had been in the first two seasons of the Rex Ryan era. D’Brickashaw Ferguson and Nick Mangold weren’t the problems last year – it was Hunter, who could not fill the shoes of the retired Damien Woody. Now the Jets have brought in Otah, a former first-round pick out of the University of Pittsburgh who’s great when he’s healthy. The being healthy part has been his trouble – he missed his entire 2010 campaign due to a knee injury and was placed on injured reserve again last October after playing in four of the team’s first six games. So it was clear that the Panthers no longer wanted to deal with his injury-proneness – but a seventh-round pick? Are you kidding? The Jets stole a guy who, as soon as he gets healthy, will crank the level of talent of their O-line, and their entire offense, up a few notches.