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Ballplayers Share Their Experiences In The Trade Block

New York athletes narrate what’s it like living on the trade block.

Brandon Nimmo

Two years ago at the Westin in Manhattan, Brandon Nimmo was convinced he was going to be a Cincinnati Red. His name has been mentioned both on TV and online, and everyone was expecting the trade. But as the deadline came close, he did not hear from either the Cincinnati Red or the Mets. Finally a decision was made, and he was to stay a Met. Such  New York City Illustrated Map how quickly things could change in the industry, despite each and everyone’s expectations. They will never really know, until it happens. He says it taught him not to count the chickens before they hatched.

Anthony Swarzak

For Swarzak, it came unexpected. One day he was talking to Don Cooper, a pitching coach, when Cooper told him that it wouldn’t be a surprise if he was next after Todd Frazier, David Robertson, and Tommy Kahnle. After a week, while he was out with his wife picking up pizza at Eataly in Chicago, he suddenly got a call from their general manager Rick Hahn. He was then on his way to Milwaukee.

They say that these sudden changes could be jarring sometimes. They look back at all the relationships that they have built over the years, and suddenly, it’s time to leave. This hasn’t been easy.

Drew Smith

While the first two were fortunate that the shift happened—or did not happen– before a new season started, Drew Smith’s experience was something else. He was sent to the Mets from the Rays in summer that year. While on the road in Tennessee, he had to return to his home in Alabama to pack his things and meet his new team in Binghamton, New York, which was an 18-hour drive away. It was his second trade in two months, and he says the second one has been easier than the first. He says that he wasn’t even able to formally say goodbye to his close friends the first time. Such mid-season changes could be mind taxing, they say.

Part Of The Job

Despite feeling in limbo at times or suddenly getting a call and having to switch teams without saying goodbye to old friends, they all understand that it’s all part of the job. Besides, they say, being moved from one team to another is an opportunity for bigger roles in better teams.

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