I don't know if it set any new records, but let's just say trade activity in the offseason's first day was "extremely brisk". Here's a rundown of the first few trades with a brief analysis of each:
Pittsburgh gets OF J.B Hunter + $4MM
Atlanta gets $28.7MM IFA Arismendy Johnson (Season 35)
Analysis: Pretty hefty price for the inconsistent Hunter, but he's still fairly young, fairly cheap, available, and the Pirates needed OF help more than anything. Johnson could be an All-Star 3B as early as this year - big jump-start to the Braves' re-tooling.
Cincinnati gets CF Darrell Hughes
Washington D.C. gets OF prospect Erisbel Soto (Sea 36 IFA, $31.8MM)
Analysis: Hughes brings a 200-point career OPS advantage versus last year's CF, the decidedly defensive Enrique Johnson. That's a great pickup as the Reds seek to join (and surpass) the NL's top echelon. First move in the D.C. retooling - watch these guys...it's not going to take long to rework all these prospects into a contender.
New York Yankees get CF Derrick Lewis
Montreal gets minor-league 3B/OF Radhames Borbon
Analysis: Looks kind of like a salary dump by the Expos, although I'd have thought they could've arb'd Lucas a 3rd time for the minimum. Yankees get a pretty nice defensive CF/pinch runner type (93 SB's in 100 attempts over 5 seasons) who could conceivably be the vR part of a CF platoon. Borbon will never see the Majors.
Montreal gets Roland Kent (Sea 33 #79) and P.T. Harper (Sea 37 #39)
Atlanta gets OF Orlando Figueroa
Analysis: Undoubtedly a salary move by the Expos; Kent and Harper might get ML shots but won't amount to much. Meanwhile, perhaps Atlanta's early trade of OF Hunter was a rebuild head-fake. Maybe they thought Figueroa would be an upgrade over Hunter, plus they landed a top prospect in the switch.
Washington D.C. gets Season 36 $35MM IFA Jimmie Velazquez, OF Leonardo Grimm, and RP Alan Carpenter
Pittsburgh gets OF Chris Petkovsek and closer Adalberto Cervantes.
Analysis: Huge haul for the Nats. The Pirates better win something in the next 2 years, as Petkovsek probably has a useful life of 2 more seasons, and Cervantes will likely go to free agency in 2 more years. D.C. is accumulating prospects like crazy, and in Velazquez they got one of the best pitching prospects in all of Major Leagues - after just 2 seasons both splits are at 80 and could end up above 90.