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Nats pick up RHP E. Gonzalez from Arizona

So the Nationals made a move today in claming right-hander Enrique Gonzalez off "trade waivers" from the Arizona Diamondbacks. He is placed on the 40-man roster (as is required with such a move) but with just a week left in the season won't report.

This is clearly a move with Mike Rizzo's fingerprints on it. The guy is 25, and he went 8-10 with a 5.14 ERA in 27 starts for Class AAA Tucson. The Nationals point out that he went 4-3 with a 4.41 ERA in July and August. He has made two stints with the D'Backs, going 3-7 with a 5.82 ERA in 23 major league appearances.

I'll talk to Rizzo about him, but for now I'll offer you the canned quote from him in the Nationals' release:

"Enrique has a quality arm and a four-pitch mix," said Rizzo, the club's VP of baseball operations. "He has been effective throughout his career in both a relief and starter role, but we believe he has the stuff and repertoire to pitch in a starting role for us."

So, there you have it: Another candidate for the rotation next year. The Diamondbacks' 2004 Minor League Pitcher of the Year, Gonzalez went 13-6 with a 3.22 ERA in 42 games (17 starts) for Lancaster of the Single-A California League to earn that citation. Pitching in the offensively-charged California League that year, Gonzalez tied for the league lead in wins, and ranked second in ERA. (This latter stuff straight from the release.)

I'll get you mroe when I get to the ballpark. For now, I leave you with the lineup. A few interesting things: D. Young must not be recovered enough to play; WMP gets a shot at cleanup; and Jimenez gets rewarded with his third straight start.

Nationals:
Logan -- 8
Jimenez -- 6
Zimmerman -- 5
Pena -- 7
Kearns -- 9
Belliard -- 4
Fick -- 3
Schneider -- 2
Redding -- 1

By Barry Svrluga  |  September 17, 2007; 1:50 PM ET
 
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