(GAME DATE — May 16, 2022) — The Chicago Pit Bulls and the Toronto Nomads have agreed to a blockbuster five-player, 3 draft pick trade, the 14th trade deal struck in 2022 and the 8th involving the busy Chicago team.
The Nomads will send former star closer Nate Kremer, a 2015 Woodchuck Trophy winner, and Dong-kyoon Kim, an effective and disciplined hitting second baseman, along with both a second and third round pick in the upcoming 2022 draft, while receiving 25-year-old slugging first baseman Makanaakua Mano, who was a first round pick for Chicago in 2018 and who won Rookie of the Year just last season, and two AAA-level budding stars, Miguel Perez (LF) and Shannon Stone (1B) along with Chicago’s 3rd round pick this year.
The deal effectively solidifies the Pit Bulls bullpen further while giving them a slight improvement at a key infield position (Kim ranks 8th among Bull League 2B’s while Chicago’s David Herbst ranks 12th), and furnishes Chicago with some improved draft positioning after they dealt their first round pick to Washington in the Payton Bint/Les Groves deal.
For Toronto, they gain a young and developing power hitting 1B, after Mano was replaced by Bint in that Washington deal. Mano, at 25, is young enough to be a core part of a Nomads rebuild, and may end up joined by Perez and Stone, the latter of whom was a Dallas Deputies 2nd round pick in the 2020 draft within the next season or two.
Toronto fully entered a rebuild with an earlier blockbuster trade that was their star pitcher, Knuckles Malone, move to Minneapolis, a Chicago divisional rival.