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Ray King traded

So the Nationals just traded left-handed reliever Ray King to the Milwaukee Brewers for a player to be named. This of course has a huge impact on the bench in the Nationals' bullpen, which now gets some relief. All kidding aside, this is the guy who figured to be a logical guy to be moved late in the year - he could pass through waivers, and a team in a race with a specific need would get

Obviously, I'll work on who the PTBN is, but I'd recommend scouring the Brewers' system for low-level minor-league starting pitchers.

The portly lefty had pitched pretty well for what his job description was - getting out one or two left-handed hitters and then hitting the showers. "Get in and get out before they figure you out," King told me several times. Throw out his stats - 1-1 with a 4.54 ERA - and looked at his season a couple different ways.

First, look at how he has done against left-handed hitters: a .160 average with .270 on-base percentage and miniscule .290 slugging percentage. That's his job. "I judge my year by how I do against lefties," he said.

But also look at how he did after an April stint on the disabled list. Overall in that time, he had a 3.60 ERA and .227 opponents' average - including right-handed hitters. He held lefties to .140/.239/.281 in that time. So whatever you think of him, he did his job.

The other criteria King used to judge his season: The percentage of inherited runners he allowed to score. King allowed 9 of his 38 inherited runners to score, a percentage of 23.7. That ranks 12th in the National League and tops among the Nationals.

With Micah Bowie being activated today, Mike Bacsik already in the bullpen and Arnie Munoz on his way up from the minors, the Nationals have enough lefties to get through the rest of the month.

I've got to go talk to Ray King before he gets on a plane for Milwaukee. Before I go, here's your lineups:

Ramirez - 6
Amezaga - 4
Hermida - 9
Cabrera - 5
Willingham - 7
Jacobs - 3
Ross - 8
Olivo - 2
Willis - 1

Logan - 8
Lopez - 6
Zimmerman - 5
Young - 3
Kearns - 9
Pena - 7
Belliard - 4
Flores - 2
Hill - 1

By Barry Svrluga  |  September 4, 2007; 2:53 PM ET
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