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A Few More Trade Notes

[UPDATE] -- link to full story is here.

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Frantic day. I just composed a longer, more polished trade story for the Web that gives a better, behind-the-scenes look of the afternoon. Once the story has been edited, somebody at WaPo HQ can provide a link.

Meantime, here are a few scrap notes.

* The Nats have 23 on their roster for the evening. They'll recall two from Class AAA Syracuse after this game to replace Nick Johnson and Joe Beimel. I am just guessing at names here; no sources on this one. But: Jorge Sosa in the bullpen, Mike Morse for the infield.

* Johnson found out he'd been traded several minutes after 4 p.m. Thinking he wouldn't be traded, he headed off to the batting cages with Rick Eckstein right after the deadline. When he got a tap on the shoulder notifying him of the trade, Johnson was so emotional that he knew only one approach: For the next few minutes, he stayed in the cages, and kept taking swings.

* Adam Dunn will handle the bulk of the 1B duties for the rest of the season. But Josh Willingham might also get a look there, Jim Riggleman said.

* Aaron Thompson, acquiring for Johnson, will report to Class AA Harrisburg.

By Chico Harlan  |  July 31, 2009; 7:30 PM ET
 
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Comments

Based on all the reports ... Rizzo did in fact try to renew Johnson's contract. It may be that Nick himself wanted a trade like this to happen as much as anyone else ... Rizzo got what he could for a 2 month lease of Johnson's services. He may be back.

Meanwhile a left handed arm has been added to the inventory to help replace the left-handed "prospects" that didn't work out: Hinckley, O'Connor. I don't think Hector Ramirez in Syracuse is all that great a solution for that problem.

Posted by: periculum | July 31, 2009 7:35 PM | Report abuse

I'm guessing Dukes gets called up before Morse (though I'd love to see Morse up to replace Belliard). Basic line-up for tomorrow night until Guzman is traded through waivers;

1. Morgan (CF)
2. Guzman (SS)
3. Zimmerman (3B)
4. Dunn (1B)
5. Willingham (LF)
6. Dukes (RF)
7. Bard (CA)
8. Gonzalez (2B)
9. Pitcher

When Guzman is gone I'd move Dukes to the #2 slot and have Harris bat #6.

Posted by: estuartj | July 31, 2009 7:36 PM | Report abuse

and milledge is still causing the nats pain.

Posted by: surly_w | July 31, 2009 7:43 PM | Report abuse

John not getting much help with the middle infield tonight. What was Hernandez thinking?

Posted by: cokedispatch | July 31, 2009 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Just like you don't want to know what that big catfish had for supper just before you reeled him in, it looks to me that the Nats are bottom feeding. No doubt under orders from Papa Lerner not to spend money.

My sense is that the son, Mark Lerner, is a guy with a new job and title given to him by Daddy to keep him busy with his new toy (i.e., the Nationals) and away from the real Lerner real estate businesses where Mark could do real damage. Stan the Plan is just window dressing while he's making his millions in Nationals stock. Rizzo? Who knows.

Why on God's green earth why N Johnson would choose to return to this wasteland next year is beyond me. We'll see, I guess.

Posted by: JohnRDC | July 31, 2009 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Johnson won't be back.

The Nats look really dead tonight. I think some emotion went out of them.

Bad deals today. I am not questioning the trades. The value obtained was really awful. The Pirates actually look like a better team.

Posted by: WashOut | July 31, 2009 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Having Dunn at 1B locks up the overall #1 draft pick.

Posted by: EdDC | July 31, 2009 7:52 PM | Report abuse

EdDC

what's left of the pirates may give the nats a race to last place.

Posted by: surly_w | July 31, 2009 7:53 PM | Report abuse

This is for periculum, and everyone else who keeps imagining that Dukes needs to stay in the minors to "learn how to walk more":

Courtesy of baseballprospectus.com (needs a subscription but you can probably get these #s elsewhere).

2008 NL
League average RF: 9.5 BB/100 PA
League average CF: 8.3 BB/100 PA

Elijah Dukes: 15.0 BB/100 PA

Nearly twice the walk rate of the rest of the league at his position (CF so far). Oh yeah, and he was only 23 while doing it. That kind of plate discipline is actually pretty rare at his age.

Next specious argument for keeping the guy rotting in AAA, please. Mr. Rizzo, perhaps you have one?

Posted by: B2O2 | July 31, 2009 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Breaking ball that gently breaks into the top half of the strike zone... that's not the John Lannan I know.

Posted by: Kev29 | July 31, 2009 8:03 PM | Report abuse

rizzo doesn't like his aura and was tired of looking at him.

Posted by: surly_w | July 31, 2009 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Morse can play 1st base is probably the reason he will be called up.

Posted by: WashOut | July 31, 2009 8:05 PM | Report abuse

"Having Dunn at 1B locks up the overall #1 draft pick."

Excellent. Finally some defensible logic for hanging on to a $10 million DH on a last place NL team!

Posted by: B2O2 | July 31, 2009 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Down 4-1 in the 4th with our ace on the mound against the lowly Pirates..

It has begun: The curse of the Nick!

Posted by: 1stBaseCoach | July 31, 2009 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Lannan doesn't have his "A" game tonight - Oh-oh, he's human. Let's see if the rest of the team can generate some offense against the Pirates.

Posted by: BinM | July 31, 2009 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Now all the attention turns to Strasburg ... only two weeks left right?

Posted by: theredskin | July 31, 2009 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Lastings and the Leftovers look inspired

Posted by: Kev29 | July 31, 2009 8:24 PM | Report abuse

That was pretty, Zimm. A run is a run.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | July 31, 2009 8:35 PM | Report abuse

C'mon, Gonz. Earn your paycheck.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | July 31, 2009 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Bud Selig, "With the first pick in the 2010 MLB draft, the Washington Nationals choose Bryce Harper." Keep repeating that to yourself for the next 60 days.

Posted by: HistoryBoy | July 31, 2009 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Nope, not this time.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | July 31, 2009 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Someone said the Nats could be like Tampa Bay and build a winner on a tiny budget.

Question for this analyst:

Does Tampa Bay scrimp on the draft as much as the Nats do?

Posted by: EdDC | July 31, 2009 8:53 PM | Report abuse

And... WIth the first pick in the 2011 MLB draft, the Washington Nationals... And...

Posted by: Nats_Lady | July 31, 2009 8:54 PM | Report abuse

That four game winning streak made me forget what it's like to be a Nats fan. Now I remember.

Posted by: Kev29 | July 31, 2009 8:57 PM | Report abuse

"Someone said the Nats could be like Tampa Bay and build a winner on a tiny budget."

Did Tampa Bay keep $10 million dollar players like Adam Dunn on their roster during their rebuilding phase simply to waste money and look more "respectable"? No, they sensibly traded their stars for prospects, and then waited for them to develop.

I repeat, Mike Rizzo has zero clues under his hat.

Posted by: B2O2 | July 31, 2009 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Now down 5-2 in the 7th with our ace on the mound against the lowly Pirates...and WTF(!?!) Milledge has 2 RBI!!!

It begins & continues: The curse of the Nick!

Posted by: 1stBaseCoach | July 31, 2009 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Hernandez and Gonzalez are showing me NOTHING.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | July 31, 2009 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Same old Thrilledge: Keeping both teams in the game. C'mon GasCanrahan: a couple more walks, a bloop and a blast. Nyjer Morgan and Sean Burnett are looking SO good right now. Have all year.

Posted by: jdschulz50 | July 31, 2009 9:08 PM | Report abuse

There's the Milledge we know so well...

Posted by: BGinVA | July 31, 2009 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Leave Hanrahan in to face Dunn. Please?

Posted by: BGinVA | July 31, 2009 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Can ra Han did not look good. (I understand he has been doing better with the P's, but not tonight, thank you).

Posted by: Nats_Lady | July 31, 2009 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Actually, I'll take this guy. Wild pitch for a run, just fine.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | July 31, 2009 9:14 PM | Report abuse

guzman hits a blooper - off hanrahan - and lastings blows it big time flopping turning a single into a double, and speedy morgan goes from first to score.

so, so great.

Posted by: MalcolmYoung | July 31, 2009 9:14 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't be surprised if shake-ups like this took some of the wind out of the team's already fragile sails. How can it not?

Nice description of Nick's reaction, Chico. It broke my heart. Reading most of the comments here, you'd think these guys were widgets on a conveyor belt. Thanks for showing the human side.

Posted by: NatsNut | July 31, 2009 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Good job, Jason B.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | July 31, 2009 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, that had to be hard on him, seeing 4 p.m. come and go. Been some years...

Posted by: Nats_Lady | July 31, 2009 9:29 PM | Report abuse

now THAT was the gas canrahan we all remembered.

Posted by: surly_w | July 31, 2009 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Come on Nyjer! Knock him in!

Posted by: poncedeleroy | July 31, 2009 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Oh, well.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | July 31, 2009 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Pop up!

Oh well, we'll get them tomorrow!

Posted by: poncedeleroy | July 31, 2009 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Keith Law actually had something nice to say about a Nats prospect

Chris (NoVa)

Drew Storen has 26Ks (16.4K/9) vs. 0 BBs in A ball to go with a .193 BAA. Is this just a case of a man among boys, or is he actually this good?
Keith Law
(1:55 PM)

Man among boys. Move him up.

Posted by: leetee1955 | July 31, 2009 9:39 PM | Report abuse

"Just like you don't want to know what that big catfish had for supper just before you reeled him in, it looks to me that the Nats are bottom feeding. No doubt under orders from Papa Lerner not to spend money."

What are you talking about? Is this pure speculation? Reports are the Nats are paying all of NJ's remaining salary for FLA.

Posted by: LosDoceOcho | July 31, 2009 10:06 PM | Report abuse

thanks natsnut

they are not widgets. nick is great. you could see - every game - how well he got along with r.zim and dunn too. I love his high-socks old school approach - I think it rubbed off on j zimm, and nyjer with the high socks/plus baggy pants ty cobb style.

nick, you are a true bad ass, come back from a total broken leg. and the idiotic random hand thing. and this is a great year/season for him too.

I think he instilled some stuff (not just sock length) how to play - and live - baseball things here that will stick and help us for a long time.

Posted by: MalcolmYoung | July 31, 2009 10:08 PM | Report abuse

yep, all good stuff malcom young.

it would be really great if nick came back as a free agent, but i bet by then it will be too late. he will have already adjusted to the break-up and come out the other side with a new outlook and new opportunities he hadn't seen while he was emotionally tethered here. i doubt we see him again.

Posted by: NatsNut | July 31, 2009 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Everyone should give Nick a standing O when he comes back next week.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | July 31, 2009 10:27 PM | Report abuse

And then beat the fins off the Fish.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | July 31, 2009 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Dunn may have a lot to say as to whether Nick returns to Washington. Should Dunn exceed expectations with his defense at first base, there will be no need for Nick to come back here. Should Adam play like one of the Adams family, perhaps NJ can't get back here fast eneough.

Posted by: cokedispatch | July 31, 2009 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Nats Talent-wasting Project Update:

Mike Rizzo's quest to waste talent is proceeding apace. Elijah Dukes now has a .942 OPS down in AAA.

That Willie Harris fellow sure is going be a centerpiece on the next contender in Washington, isn't he. Austin Kearns, more so. What a front office.

Posted by: B2O2 | July 31, 2009 10:42 PM | Report abuse

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