31 January 2013

Mercado Was Officially Unbolted

Sol Mercado
After rumors of the mega trade deals flooded the web, the Office of the PBA Commissioner has finally confirmed and approved two of those trades involving the GlobalPort Batang Pier.

GlobalPort's trade of Rabeh Al-Hussaini for Talk 'N Text's Japeth Aguilar has received the green light by the league, as well as the deal to acquire Meralco's Sol Mercado, along with Kelly Nabong, JP Belencion and Yousif Aljamal, for Rey Guevarra, Vic Manuel, Josh Vanlandingham and a 2015 first round draft pick.

"These new trades are healthy for the players and teams involved, not to mention the league, as the competitive balance among member-teams is decidedly enhanced," said PBA commissioner Chito Salud.

"All of the players and teams in this latest set of trades will enjoy equal and optimum benefits."

The acquisitions of Mercado and Aguilar give the Batang Pier a solid core as the pair joins two of the league's best offensive players in Gary David and Willie Miller.

The question is, why did the Bolts agreed to this slightly offbeat trade? Do they have an inside knowledge on the possible contribution of Guevarra, Manuel and Vanlangdingham? Are they taking a big risk that the 2015 pick of Batang Pier will land them somebody worthy to carry the franchise?

The leading scorer and feeder was just replaced for some unknowns and nobody can get the sense out of it.

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