Trade and FA

Hawk’s great Mitchell off to Eagles

The Trade:

Hawthorn trades Sam Mitchell and picks 54 & 72; Hawthorn receives picks 52, 70 & 88

West Coast trades picks 52, 70 & 88; West Coast receives Sam Mitchell and picks 54 & 72

The Brief:

It was the biggest shock of the 2016 trade period when news surfaced that Sam Mitchell would join the Eagles on a one or two-year playing deal followed by a guarantee to join the club’s coaching staff. Mitchell got on the front foot as soon as the news broke and explained how this could benefit all three parties, but the fan backlash was strong. It’s not every day that a man who’s just won his fifth club Best & Fairest is traded but Mitchell will give the Eagles some much-needed grunt, working alongside Matthew Priddis to free up the likes of Luke Shuey and Andrew Gaff.

Club Trade Rating:

Hawthorn – the Hawks have cleared salary cap here but they’ve lost one of their best ever players and haven’t really gotten any great value in return. He may have been in his last year at Hawthorn and they’re cashing out early, taking something rather than nothing, but he would have added so much more to their team in 2017.

Rating: -4. – West Coast were never going to pay more for Mitchell, but he was certainly worth more.

West Coast – the Eagles have gained a top level, classy player for one or two years. They’ve gained a player and a coach with a lot of quality IP, and they’ve gained a leader on the field. Mitchell will give their players direction and will likely attract a tagger more often than not.

Rating: +4. – They’ve gotten great value here. A quality player and leader for very little.

Fantasy Impact:

Hawthorn – There’s a lot of fantasy points going out of the Hawthorn side with the loss of Mitchell. While we’d expect likely recruits, Tom Mitchell and Jaeger O’Meara to take up the majority of those, Liam Shiels could be another who finds more ball in the contest.

West Coast – The recruitment of Mitchell is a boon for all involved, particularly Andrew Gaff. Gaff should find himself out in space far more often, which will only increase his fantasy output. Having a leader of the calibre of Mitchell in and around the side will only mean good things for the development of youngsters, Dom Sheed and Liam Duggan as well.

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