New York Yankees received OF Ichiro Suzuki.
Seattle Mariners received RHP Danny Farquhar and RHP D.J. Mitchell.
It isn't the least bit unusual for a declining player with an expiring deal on a cellar-dwelling team to hop to a contender at midseason.
Suzuki's situation wasn't so simple, however.
The M's are owned by Japanese-based electronics juggernaut Nintendo. The outfielder, who's also a native of the Far East, had spent most of his MLB career as their premier player. Plus, let's not overlook the fact that Seattle, relative to most cities in the continental United States, is near the Land of the Rising Sun.
Despite doubt that the two parties would agree to an in-season contract extension, there was consensus that at least the outfielder's 2012 season would not be split between two franchises.
Collaborating with a familiar trade partner surely helped the Mariners front office pull the trigger.
After a couple weeks of discussion, the swap was completed while the Yankees were road-tripping at Safeco Field. An emotional Suzuki simply switched clubhouses.