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The first trade in WSEM occurred Friday night. Matt Murtha has been traded from the Squirrels to the Donkeys for "Future considerations". Murtha adds depth at pitcher and in the field to a Donkeys roster in need of everyday players. Murtha played in 24 games for the Squirrels in 2011, and pitched in 8 of those. That dependency was the crux of this trade: the Donkeys needed an everyday player with experience to bolster their squad, while the Squirrels had a surplus after absorbing Ass Kickers and having part-time players from 2011 promoted to the full-time roster.

After initially turning down the trade last week, Murtha accepted it Friday evening, acknowledging the increase in playing time and heightened role he would play with the Donkeys than he could with the Squirrels. He also praised the opportunity to play with players whom he respects, like Shore and Seto.

This is no Herschel Walker deal, but what it does is provide both teams with a lot more comfort heading into the season. No matter what the aforementioned "future considerations" end up being, the Squirrels will benefit from not having to juggle seven or eight players showing up to each series. The Donkeys will have one more veteran, everyday player as well as a good option at number-two pitcher in their lineup.