Major Transactions in Sports

Within the past week there have been some major transactions that led to drastic switches in roster in both the NBA and MLB. Excluding the deals the Angels made for Pujols and C.J. Wilson, the San Diego Padres trades Mat Latos to the Cincinnati Reds for Brad Boxberger, Edinson Volquez, Yasmani Grandal, and Yonder Alonso. My first thought on this trade was “Who is Mat Latos and why are the Reds giving up so much?” A quick Google search showed that Latos is a 24 year old Pitcher who has a career record of 27 wins and 29 losses; last season he won 9, lost 14, and had a 3.47 ERA. The Reds needed some pitching help and obviously thought that Latos would do the trick, but they gave up a lot in return for him. I definitely think that the Padres got the better of this deal.

Another story that came out that Milwaukee Brewers OF Ryan Braun had apparently tested positive for Performance enhancing drugs and would face a 50 game suspension if it is upheld. Losing Braun would be a big blow to the Brewers who could also be losing Prince Fielder, though they have signed Aramis Ramirez, which will help a little.

In the NBA, Chris Paul was finally traded out of New Orleans to Los Angeles. Paul was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers along with 2 future draft picks for Eric Gordon, Al-Farouq Aminu, Chris Kaman and a draft pick from the Minnesota Timberwolves. Although the Clippers got a superstar in CP3, they had to give up a few good players. The most frustrating part of this whole ordeal was how the Commissioner (David Stern) handled the situation. It is very difficult for a fair trade to be made when the person who holds the overall power to accept or deny the trade has a vested interest in one of the sides. The LA Lakers had a deal accepted by the New Orleans Hornets for CP3, but was ultimately denied by the NBA for “Basketball Reasons”. The Lakers (and Rocket) were forced out of making any sort of deal not by the Hornets’ front office, but by the League itself. The Clippers then tried to get a fair deal in, but ultimately had to give up more than they wanted to get Chris Paul. It’s hard to decide who won this trade; the Clippers got Chris Paul and two future draft picks, but the Hornets got a few good players and (possibly) a high draft pick. For now I will call it a draw and see how it plays out, but I do not think they will be calling it “Clipper Town” any time soon. However, the obvious loser in this trade is the League itself, David Stern over stepped his bounds in vetoing the Lakers/Rockets/Hornets trade and then caused the Clippers to give up more than what might otherwise have been necessary.

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