Previously I posted that I thought the Nats should trade pretty much everyone they could, given their current spot in the standings. How’d they do?
Here’s the moves.
- Acquiring Jonny Gomes: reviewed here. We picked up Gomes for two minor leaguers that were either blocked (Rhinehart) or long shots (Manno).
- Trading Jerry Hairston for a decent AA outfielder in Erik Komatsu. Honestly I was a bit surprised Hairston was moved, given his valuable multi-position coverage for this team this year. Komatsu wasn’t a BA top10 prospect for Milwaukee, but they did rate him as being the Brewer’s best hitting-for-average prospect in the pre-season. He has a good pedigree (Cal State Fullerton product) and is doing well in AA this year. He seems to be another attempt to build the outfielder pipeline that has been pretty poor, and has left the team continually struggling for a quality center fielder.
- Trading Jason Marquis for a low-minors shortstop in Zach Walters. Walters was spoken well of by his former U San Diego teammate Sammy Solis, and has been hitting well this season (albeit he’s playing in low-A as a college draftee). Some advocated against trading Marquis; not I though, figuring that Marquis was going to draw a decent prospect from somewhere.
In my “what I’d like to see the Nats do” post a few days ago, I basically advocated trading everybody we could. Clearly having Laynce Nix and Ivan Rodriguez on the DL (either current or recently) prevented them from being trade candidates, and moving Livan Hernandez probably would have left a massive veteran leadership hole in the pitching corps. We DFA’d Matt Stairs (not that he was ever going to be a trade candidate), and I’d guess that both Rick Ankiel and Alex Cora could still be waiver-wire trades made closer to the post season. The one move that remains a surprise is not trading Todd Coffey, a decent right hander out of the pen that surely could have shorn up someone’s bullpen for a low-level prospect.
In the “non-move” category, I’m glad we didn’t move Drew Storen for Denard Span as was frequently mentioned in trade rumors leading up to the 7/31 deadline. Honestly i’d rather pursue BJ Upton in the off season for a higher-ceiling guy. Clippard is valuable but is a reliever, and despite the tendency of fans to overvalue their own relievers, the return didn’t seem to be worth the disruption to the bullpen.
I’m guessing a few of these expiring contract guys may be post waiver-wire trade possibilities, but all in all I’m happy with the moves and non-moves. I certainly don’t agree with the pundits who are labeling the team “losers” in the trade market.