While most of us were business chowing down on turkey and stuffing and pie yesterday, Ben Nicholson-Smith revisited the Alfonso Soriano for Alex Rodriguez swap as part of his “Trades of the Decade” series at MLBTR. Texas also received shortstop Joaquin Arias, who was one of the Yanks’ best prospects at the time, in the deal. They selected him out of a pool of five minor leaguers that also included Jose Valdez and some Double-A second baseman named Robinson Cano.
I found out about the trade while watching TV when I was waiting for a table at Applebees (yeah yeah) with my then-girlfriend, and I remember my mind being completely blown. Where was he going to play? Was Jeter going to move off short? Who else did they give up? In a world before MLBTR and the internet at your fingertips, it was a complete shock and I couldn’t wait to get home to find out what the hell happened. Those were the days, when trades just happened and you had no idea what was coming.