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UPDATE: Rizzo on Rule 5 Pick Terrell Young

The Rule 5 Draft is seconds away from starting, but two Nationals officials confirmed to me the team will select RHP Terrell Young from the Cincinnati Reds with the first overall pick.

Young, 24, went 2-5 with a 2.88 ERA this season in Class A. His fastball is said to be mid-90s, with an occasional 98 mph.

By rule, the Nationals must keep Young on their 25-man roster through the entire 2009 season to be able to keep him.

UPDATE: Here is what Nationals farm director Mike Rizzo had to say about Young:

"What we like is he's a tremendous athlete and a tremendous talent. His fastball is 93 to 96 [mph], and he has a developing slider and a tremendous changeup. He's always had the good delivery and the good arm, but his walk trend has really improved in the last three years. He strikes out about 8 ½ [batters] per nine [innings] and is walking about three, which is a big jump up from the last three years.... He's a power pitcher and he has a power arm. The whole secret to Terrell is to throw enough strikes to compete in the major leagues, and we like the way he's trending that way.

"He's strictly a reliever. He's been a reliever his whole career, and we and see him competing in spring training for a bullpen job with us."

(Was there discussion of turning around and trading him?) "No, we drafted him for him to compete for a bullpen job with us."

By Dave Sheinin  |  December 11, 2008; 12:06 PM ET
 
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Comments

Nats pass on their 2nd pick in the Rule 5. Smells like a draft and trade to me.

Posted by: Section138 | December 11, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

138 - yep that's the word.

I wonder to whom and for what though.

Posted by: MrMadison | December 11, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Why do we think this is a Sign N Trade?

Posted by: GoNatsTerps | December 11, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

If they trade Young for Willy Taveras, I'm burning down Nats Park tonight.

Posted by: Section138 | December 11, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

If they trade Young for Willy Taveras, I'm burning down Nats Park tonight.

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need some matches?

Posted by: MrMadison | December 11, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

" Well, I’m not sure Terrell Young will be a star . . . I’m also not sure he’ll be a National. Late word just before the draft starts here has the Nats trading Young or selling his contract to another club."

http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/prospects/?p=1822

Posted by: MrMadison | December 11, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

A Rule 5 A ball pitcher? Seems dicey...

Posted by: fischy | December 11, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Dude, trading a rule 5 pick for a player you can keep after opening day is a no brainer. There are no apparent Josh Hamilton's in this year's draft.

Trade the Rule 5 asset? Absolutely!

Posted by: natbisquit | December 11, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

As a footnote to our recent transaction talks, I just wanted to point out something I read in an article about a different Washington Team Who Shall Not be Named.

"In explaining his reasoning for leaning heavily on backup running back Ladell Betts against the Ravens, Zorn said Betts was more precisely releasing from pass protection into route running. Those comments infuriated Portis, who in the offseason was guaranteed about $20 million through 2010 as part of a restructured contract that helped the Redskins get under the salary cap."

Hahahaha, yes, the NFL's third leading rusher is making $20 million over this season and the next two. An average of $6.7 million a season... or $1.3 million less than Austin Kearns.

Posted by: Section506 | December 11, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

In all fairness, the great Rule 5's are never apparent, that is why they are Rule 5's.

Posted by: GoNatsTerps | December 11, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Willy Tavarez would be a horrible signing. It really does stink of not being able to get the first two guys we asked for and then just settling. Gah!

Posted by: soundbloke | December 11, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

The WaPo couldn't smell a scoop if it was sitting right in front of them.

Posted by: jctichen | December 11, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

They might not, but Dave can sure smell those yummy hamburgers: http://tinyurl.com/5e8e7v

Posted by: Uncle_Teddy | December 11, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

MrMadison: Any feel for who the Nats' might be working with on a trade for Young?

Posted by: BinM | December 11, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

@ Sec 506 -- what's your problem dude? Football and baseball have very different finances. NFL rosters are twice the size, and the teams play only 10% of the games that baseball teams do. On that basis alone, it would be ludicrous to expect comparable salaries.

Plus, NFL players are very likely to get hurt, due to the nature of the sport. Portis' guaranteed salary is a bit of a rarity in football. He took a pay cut in exchange for guarantees, to help Redskins get under a salary cap -- also something they don't have in baseball.

Having said that, it's still true that baseball players' salaries are crazy. And, we pay for them with outrageous prices for tickets and concessions. Instead of saying "yes" -- you should be appalled that Kearns is making that much. His salary alone is about four times the salary cap for an entire MLS franchise. Even with the DP exception, and the absurd contract DC United bestowed on Marcelo Gallardo, Kearns is still making more than twice what United is paying its entire team -- and that probably includes the coaches, too. That isn't something to get excited about -- it's total insanity.

Posted by: fischy | December 11, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

BinM - I haven't the slightest idea.

possibly Colorado for Tavares (but god I hope not).

Posted by: MrMadison | December 11, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Maybe he's the piece that gets up Gonzalez instead of Tavarez.

That's more optimism that reality but it's the post season. I can dream.

Posted by: soundbloke | December 11, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

put it a bag and light it!

Posted by: 1of9000 | December 11, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

well Rizzo, all I can say is this:

wtf were you thinking?

we can't hide him on our roster with our bullpen, and he's not going to be even remotely ready to compete.

Posted by: MrMadison | December 11, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

anyhow, back to Tex:

does anyone trust Colin Cowherd? I don't.

but on his radio show today he said the following:

Nats Offer: 10 yrs 200 million
O's Offer: 9 yrs 180 million

no offer yet from the Sox

I took this from the comments section on MLBTR, so it isn't worth much. i'm just reporting any little thing I find here.

Posted by: MrMadison | December 11, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Don't trust it.

Ridiculous. Also, I'm not sure I trust Rizzo when he says they won't flip young.

Posted by: soundbloke | December 11, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

colin cowturd is an idiot and he'll say anything if he thinks it will generate any controversy. he's a blowhard who makes rhome sound sane.

Posted by: sec231 | December 11, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

we should trade Young and Tim "The Vindicator" Redding to the Rockies for Joe Koshansky if we can't land Tex.

Koshansky is a stud. and he's a local kid too(from Chantilly, played with Zimmerman at UVA)

Posted by: MrMadison | December 11, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Mr Madison

Not a terrible plan. He does strike out a lot though.

Wonder if they'd go for it.

Sign Carlos Gonzalez!

Posted by: soundbloke | December 11, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Whether or not we get Texeria, do we have a shot with Orlando Hudson next? 30 years old, 3 time gold glove, and slightly better than Anderson Hernandez...

Posted by: mdb280 | December 11, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

fischy, I'm a little taken aback. I don't know what I did to provoke your lashing out. If you're just offended that I think it's amusing what a different world football is compared to baseball, then I would gently suggest you're a little bit sensitive. Turns out there's a rather awesome comedy bit focused on that very dissonance.

Posted by: Section506 | December 11, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Asked if Teixeira was down to deciding between the Red Sox and Nationals, Boras said, "That would be totally inaccurate," adding that other teams were in the mix.

Posted by: GoNatsTerps | December 11, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/extras/extra_bases/2008/12/where_the_conte.html

there is a little bit of hope here still.

still hope on the Tex front. Boston seems reluctant to go 8 years, and they have issues with the no-trade and opt-out demands.

and from the Baltimore Sun:

"The word around the Bellagio Hotel is that the O's offer is well behind the other contenders in the Mark Teixeira derby, though MacPhail was not conceding anything."

Posted by: MrMadison | December 11, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Still not sure what the FO was thinking with the Redding/Taveras trade. Redding is a proven #3-4SP, and the roster already holds 10 OF (Bernardina, Casto, Davis, Dukes, Harris, Kearns, Maxwell, Milledge, Pena & Willingham); why give up a SP to add one more name to an already crowded OF?

Posted by: BinM | December 11, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Why is Rizzo lying? Check the numbers out: http://www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=$07139&position=P

He's not close to either 8.5 K/9 OR 3 BB/9 as Rizzo is saying.

Posted by: Uncle_Teddy | December 11, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Looks to me like we lost Luis Ortega and Josh Perrault in the AAA phase of the Rule 5. I didn't even know there was a AAA phase. Anyone know anything about those two?

Posted by: Section506 | December 11, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

506: Ortega is a 6'3", 21-yo RHSP from the DSL; don't know much else. Perrault is also 6'3", but 26 & a RHRP; split last year between AA - AAA in the Nationals system - was an undrafted FA (AZ-2003) and a AA rule-5 claim (WAS-2005).

Posted by: BinM | December 11, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Enough with anything to do with the Reds. If Cincinnati is the "Queen City" does that make DC the "Princess City"?

Posted by: Batboy05 | December 11, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Young takes Colome's slot as the hard-throwing set-up guy with control problems.

Yeah, I know we've got Hanrahan, too -- but he's in the closer slot.

Posted by: fischy | December 11, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Well we definitely need some hard throwers. Give him six months with the Saint.

Posted by: Brue | December 11, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

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