Feelin’ Frisky: Three-Way Trade Completed Late Wednesday
It’s sometimes very tough for two people to agree on anything, much less a third voice in the mix. However, sometimes three-part harmony works very well. That was the case Wednesday night, when the Arkansas Cardinals, Atkins Alley Cats, and Wendy’s Peffercorns completed the first three-way trade in United Rotisserie League history.
The main piece of the deal was young first baseman Prince Fielder, who left Atkins bound for Wendy’s along with some financial considerations. In return, Atkins received first baseman Nick Johnson from the Peffercorns and outfielder Jermaine Dye from the Cardinals. The Cardinals, who also sent outfielder Andre Ethier to Wendy’s, received third baseman Hank Blalock and outfielder Geoff Jenkins from the Peffercorns.
“Lots of e-mails,” said Wendy’s owner Mike Salony when asked how this deal came about. “It’s a darn good thing we weren’t charged by the e-mail or a couple of teams might have gone broke over this.”
Atkins owner Charles Rector emphasized this was a “nothing personal” deal.
“We had to free up money,” Rector said, “and unfortunately Prince’s contract was a fairly heavy one. We really wanted to keep him here in Atkins, but he was so in demand that we had to let him go. We wish him the best in the coming years.”
Arkansas owner Daniel Shoptaw was expected to release a statement on the team’s official blog sometime on Thursday.
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