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Gonzalez Will Be Getting More Playing Time

For all the poor talent-evaluating decisions and unnecessary contracts that sully the final chapter of roster moves made by Jim Bowden, the former Nats' GM deserves credit for at least two trades that now look promising. The first brought Scott Olsen and Josh Willingham to DC in exchange for Emilio Bonifacio. The second? Well, it's hardly as heralded. It occurred on July 31, 2008. That day, Washington swapped minor leaguers with the New York Yankees. The Nats acquired Alberto Gonzalez in exchange for pitcher Jhonny Nunez.

At the time, the Nationals didn't imagine they were getting an everyday player. And so far, he hasn't been. The 26-year-old has been shuffled between the majors and Class AAA, and utilized at both shortstop and second base.

Just one thing complicates Gonzalez's utility role: Whenever he gets an opportunity to play, he looks like an everyday player.

As a result, when Washington begins the second half, Gonzalez will play more frequently -- mostly at second base, Manny Acta said today.

"We want to find out about Gonzo," Acta said. "He's been hitting well over .300 since he's been called up, so we do have to find out about him."

In the first half of the season, counting today's game, Gonzalez has started 25 games -- 19 at shortstop, six at second base. Excluding a spastic stretch of errors in April, his glove has lived up to its solid reputation. And his offense? That's been the surprise. Never regarded as a strong hitter, Gonzalez now has a .327 average (52-for-156) with the Nationals, and he's slugging .462.

"He hits the ball both ways," third base coach Pat Listach said. "He hits line drives. He puts the ball in play."

Acta cautioned that Anderson Hernandez, the regular second baseman in the first half, will not be "buried" on the bench. "He's going to play, too," Acta said. "But we're just going to give Alberto more at bats in the second half than we did in the first one."

By Chico Harlan  |  July 12, 2009; 1:45 PM ET
 
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AGonz is a good player - He'll hit for average, with occaisional gap power & doesn't strike out much. I'm still not convince he's an everyday player, particularly at 2B. He shows good range, but still needs to learn how to turn the DP from the 2B side.

Posted by: BinM | July 12, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Not a good start for him, though. Error on his first play.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | July 12, 2009 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Chico, you might have cursed Alberto.

Posted by: nervousnatsfan | July 12, 2009 2:17 PM | Report abuse

1a - What's this about Bob's bathroom break last night? Did Dibble do a play-by-play? Or is it best left to fade from human memory.

cokedispatch - I guess it's your handle and your knowledge of local reaction to the Francouer trade, but I thought you might work at the Mother Church of "Co-Cola." S.C. eh? Who was the wag who asked what happenned to the Nats last night while s/he was hiking the Appalachian Trail in Argentina? Baseball and Governor King David? You must never get bored!

dargregmag - I like the lack of puncuation. It reminds me of James Joyce only your interesting and understandable.

Posted by: flynnie2 | July 12, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Flynnie, "you're" good too. Nice double-play. Manny giving Bard a rest?

Posted by: Nats_Lady | July 12, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Yes Flynnie...our little southern paradise has been in the news lately for all the wrong reasons. I can say I saw Sanford at a seafood establishment in my little town last summer with his family eating outside. I think his brother has a business locally here, and some of his wifes relatives are in the area also. I don't think he'll ever live down the Appalachain trail story, and he shouldn't. GO NATS...please throw strikes Zimm.

Posted by: cokedispatch | July 12, 2009 2:26 PM | Report abuse

@Nats_Lady: Bard has earned an extra day off to let the groin strain heal, imo.

Posted by: BinM | July 12, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse

I love Charlie's IHOP commercials.

Posted by: flynnie2 | July 12, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

cokedispatch: grammar patrol--Sanford was eating at a restaurant while his family was outside? That should have been a clue. I don't even want to THINK what your handle could mean if it's not Coca-Cola related.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | July 12, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Oh well, I don't claim to be super proficient with my grammar. Don't worry about the coke part, I'm retired from Coke now...and it is 1drful.

Posted by: cokedispatch | July 12, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Hey...I said with his family eating outside anyway?

Posted by: cokedispatch | July 12, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse

@Flynnie: Sometimes, you're WAY too old school. They're pure 50's schmaltz, but from Charlie, they're delivered in gold (I like them too).
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I love Charlie's IHOP commercials.

Posted by: flynnie2 | July 12, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: BinM | July 12, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Yeah i'm stopping the grammar patrol its only fun for a while Znn is looking good congrats on ur retirement

Posted by: Nats_Lady | July 12, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

OK, one more time.

When you wrote "with his family eating outside," I gather you meant "Eating outside with his family"?

The devil (I mean, the English teacher) made me do it.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | July 12, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Nats_Lady - Love the grammar patrol!
Always learning here. And all Jordan Zimmerman has done is hold Miggy at 3rd for two outs, w/ Ryan's help on a DP and a caught line drive and, in the last inning, made Lance Berkmann (one of those guys you wish was on your team) and Pudge Rodriguez (odd-so slim now that there's drug testing) flail away at pitch after pitch. YES WIL NIEVES! Bring him home, guys! Do it for Josh Bard's groin!

Posted by: flynnie2 | July 12, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

OK, UNCLE Nats lady. I is what I is.

Posted by: cokedispatch | July 12, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Now I'm starting to understand why LH-hitters have problems against Moehler. He's a RH junk-baller; there aren't too many of them around. LH-hitters don't see too many of them; It's usually a LH junk thrower screwing up RH-hitters.

Posted by: BinM | July 12, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Another cool inning for Znn. Now, let's remember from yesterday how to bat.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | July 12, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

I'd say watch the guy the drafted on the cheap in the third round. He sounds like another Nyjer Morgan at 2nd base. Maybe a Pete Rose if they are very, very lucky. I suspect he is going to move up fast. As far as Gonzalez, trade bait? They have 2 promising shortstops down in the minors. And we know that Rizzo has to trade Guzman soon. So, Anderson Hernandez and Gonzalez need to learn to do a better job at shortstop.

Posted by: periculum | July 12, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Again thank the higher power for the 13-2 game ... even the hapless must have hope.

Posted by: periculum | July 12, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

6 pitch 1-2-3- 3rd for Jordan Zimm'nn! And some sparkly fielding from the UW-Eau Claire Blugold!

Posted by: flynnie2 | July 12, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

YES! They hit the cut-off man for once!!! Bergmann out at the plate! O sh!t! Replay.

Posted by: flynnie2 | July 12, 2009 3:02 PM | Report abuse

NO REPLAY. We never win on replay.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | July 12, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Rizzo's countdown to turn pro-tem into permanent: 34 days.

34 days to sign Streven Strasberg. Losing 2 1st rounders in a row is a very, very bad thing. Worst than anything Frank Robby could have ever done ... a true termination offense.

Posted by: periculum | July 12, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

WHEW!!!!

Posted by: Nats_Lady | July 12, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

As Dave said, how'd you like to be the Astros' 3rd bace coach, having just sent Berkman to be thrown out by 30 feet?

Posted by: flynnie2 | July 12, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

BTW, yes Mike Rizzo signing Strasberg IS your responsibility. Management training at Harvard's B-school likes to train one to manage both up and down. Managing up is often more important than managing "down". If you can manage your president and owners in a way that will allow you to sign Steven Strasberg then perhaps you, like your former boss and Frank Robinson, need to hit the road. The Lerners and even Stan Kasten need to be managed and learn how things are in baseball today by gaining a good feel about how the draft and your "moves" will affect the future. And that has to translate to the bottom line. It is clear the Lerners completely understood how signing a local superstar like Texiera would enhance the bottom line. Its all about the bottom line.

That and you have some trades you need to get done. Your plate is mighty full Mike. I hope you aren't procrastinating.

Posted by: periculum | July 12, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Do they wave them home on a HR? So there is no traffic jam? Maybe he thought it was a HR??

Posted by: Nats_Lady | July 12, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Am I the ONLY one who heard Dibble say "the jabronis" while the umps were reviewing the HR/2B call? Because that is a racial slur.

Posted by: gbooksdc | July 12, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Didn't hear it, I have Charlie and Dave in my ear. But I can watch it later on MLB.com.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | July 12, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Kearns has one extra base hit since May 8. I know it is a bit of a non-sequitur, but I was just checking his recent stats and couldn’t help but say/type that out loud. Cost to output, is there anyone in the bigs as much of a roster deadweight?

Posted by: ArlingtonNatsFan | July 12, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

@periculum: I assume you refer to Kobernus (currently at VT). Let's not get too hyped too soon - Lombardozzi (at HAG) is still in front of him in pecking order, and Soriano (an Int'l FA) is out-hitting Kobernus currently in VT; They're all another year or two away, at the very least.
Barring a trade or off-season acquisition, the MI combo for 2009-2010 will come from a mash-up of Hernandez/Harris/Guzman/Gonzalez.

Posted by: BinM | July 12, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Me gusta "el Gonzo"! Please play him more at short. but only after i vote for Guzman to make the All-Star Game, SIKE! I can't believe the organization felt it necessary to puah that on us.

Please don't get on Ron "dribble" Dibble...it happens

Posted by: boricuabopper | July 12, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Yes, JZIMM! Come on Nyjer - hit like a leadoff man!

Posted by: flynnie2 | July 12, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

What is the batting average of our pitchers?

Posted by: Nats_Lady | July 12, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Kearns should try hitting the ball with his ears.

Posted by: boricuabopper | July 12, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

@ANF: Barry Zito in SF, or maybe A.Soriano w/the Cubs? That's a pair off the top of my head who have lousy $$$/performance numbers.

Posted by: BinM | July 12, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Gonzalez is really hot at the bat ... but he also already has 1 error at shortstop. Looks like a candidate for winter ball with the emphasis on fielding. Meanwhile you've got slick fielding Danny Espinosa and Ian Desmond are making fast progress.

Posted by: periculum | July 12, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

JZIMM can PITCH! Now let's get this Levonesque junkk throwing (thanks to BinM) rightie!

Posted by: flynnie2 | July 12, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

peric...how is Desmonds bat these days. I seem to remember him as good field/no hit. I remember seeing him his first year when he was with the Savannah Sandgnats, which used to be the low A affiliate of the Nats.

Posted by: cokedispatch | July 12, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

once again, can't advance runner to 3rd with no outs...sigh.

Posted by: cokedispatch | July 12, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

@periculum: Desmond has 8 errors in 40GP at HAG-AA, and Espinosa has 14 errors in fewer than 80 games at SS with POT (hi-A); Neither one of them would qualify as "slick-fielding".

Desmond needs at least a half-year at AAA, and Espinosa (even though he's the starting SS in the 2009 Futures game), still needs another year in the minors before they're major-league ready.

Posted by: BinM | July 12, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

What plate discipline by Willingham! From 0-2 to a walk! Bases loaded - how can anyone say that baseball is boring?

Posted by: flynnie2 | July 12, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, Gonz coulda used that discipline. What was his hurry?

Posted by: Nats_Lady | July 12, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

That was truly sad

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | July 12, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Well, that's our Nats. I recognize them.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | July 12, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Dave: "A BIG Squander for the Nationals, and they leave the bases loaded."

Posted by: flynnie2 | July 12, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

I surely thought they could put 1 on the board with Johnson at 2nd and no outs with the big 3 due up. Man, that hurts.

Posted by: cokedispatch | July 12, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

@coke, you are thinking like it's yesterday.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | July 12, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

2d failure to advance a leadoff double. This Zimm kid can pitch. He deserves a win. Let's Go Nats!

Posted by: flynnie2 | July 12, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

New Geiko ad with the cavemen bowling? Not sure I get it.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | July 12, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

It's amazing how good JZimm looks once he's away from that mound at Coors Field.

Posted by: flynnie2 | July 12, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Nice Znn...now maybe the top of the order can get er dunn.

Posted by: cokedispatch | July 12, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

OK, Bard gets a rest AND Nieves is 3 for 3. Now, let's DO something, GO NATS.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | July 12, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

From MASN

Manager Manny Acta announced the Nationals rotation coming out of the All-Star break.

John Lannan- July 16 vs. Cubs
Scott Olsen -July 17 vs. Cubs
Jordan Zimmermann -July 18 vs. Cubs
Craig Stammen - July 19 vs. Cubs
Ross Detwiler - July 20 vs. Mets

The big question is will Ross Detwiler get one more shot or will the Nationals send him down to Triple-A Syracuse.

Detwiler has given up 16 runs in his last 12 2/3 innings, an 11.37 ERA. In his 10 starts with Washington, Detwiler has allowed four runs or more in six and the Nationals are 1-9 when he takes the hill.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | July 12, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Ya know, I didn't watch yesterday and they shelled the strohs...maybe I should just turn it off and come back later?

Posted by: cokedispatch | July 12, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Boy, do I like to watch Nyjer.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | July 12, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Alright Zim, whatever you do, don't hit into a DP.

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | July 12, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

c'mon Zimm....e l e v a t e please

Posted by: cokedispatch | July 12, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Sac Fly scores 1, OF base-hit scores 2; Think fly-ball, R-Zim.

Posted by: BinM | July 12, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

NYJER! NICK! Oh, Lord, come on Ryan, the GIDP King of Baseball. Oh, well, at least it was only one out. Come on, Dunn!

Posted by: flynnie2 | July 12, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

well, he did elevate, at least not a dp.

Posted by: cokedispatch | July 12, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

C'mon, Dunn.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | July 12, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Now, THAT, was truly sad.

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | July 12, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

DRAT

Posted by: cokedispatch | July 12, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, baseball is exciting. Like how exciting it is to stub your toe.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | July 12, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Exciting, like a vasectomy, and impotent too!

Posted by: flynnie2 | July 12, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Aa-rrr-ggg-ghhh - Two straight innings with the bases loaded & nothing to show for it.

Posted by: BinM | July 12, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

speaking of toes...

Posted by: Nats_Lady | July 12, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Dagkazzit...

Posted by: HotNats | July 12, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Of all the people to take you deep.

lol, what a joke this team is.

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | July 12, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

methinks there will be more posts forthcoming about the nats lack of clutch situational hitting.

Posted by: surly_w | July 12, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

WAAAAAAAH. Nooooo.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | July 12, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Oh, Lord, he walked the pitcher. Dave is right - JZimm deserved to be ahead by 4 or 5-1. Frustrating. But still winnable.

Posted by: flynnie2 | July 12, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Well, this is as fustrating a Sunday as you could ask for two straight bases loaded oppourtunities and not one run to show for it, i mean they pitched right around NJ to get to Zimm and he pops out,oh krap! Matsui just went deep with two on game over man!!

Posted by: dargregmag | July 12, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Manny should just take the pitcher out after 6 unless we are leading by 11. Rule.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | July 12, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Brue is right, though. He had to pitch like he was in the 7th game of the world series. At 1-0 (and an unearned run, at that) the kid has the weight of the team going into the All-Star break and his manager's job on his shoulders. He was bound to make a mistake out of sheer mental fatigue that could've been avoided by a 3 or 4 RBI's.

Posted by: flynnie2 | July 12, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Good job, Joe B. Now, we can do this. Note: here comes my foolish hope.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | July 12, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Of AnHandz last at bat:

Charlie: That was not a good swing.

Dave: No, no it was not.

That's what they pay us for, in depth analysis.

Charlie: Yes, Dave, we really break it down.

It's going to be tough for our fans for 3 or 4 days - the seperation anxiety! (Both break up laughing - they don't realize that it's true!)

Posted by: flynnie2 | July 12, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Guz, I take back anything bad I ever said or typed in my life. We NEED you.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | July 12, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Blue sure likes outside pitches. Not sure it affected Guzman's at bat, but Dunn would not have topped that ball to Tejada with the bases loaded if he had been walked to tie the game.

Posted by: flynnie2 | July 12, 2009 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Runners, runners, everywhere, not a score to see.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | July 12, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

NO DOUBT, THIS HAS GOT TO BE THE WORST TEAM BASEBALL HAS EVER SEEN. GOD, THEY ARE BEYOND BELIEF.

Posted by: Pete433 | July 12, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

During Sunday's game, fans in the left-field bleachers waved Twinkies at Houston's Lance Berkman, a not-so-subtle reference to his "relaxed fit" body type.

During a pitching change in the seventh, the good-natured Berkman gestured to fans to throw a couple Twinkies into his outstretched mitt. After they complied, Berkman ate one to a loud ovation, then stuffed the other in his back pocket.

The next inning, Berkman hit a two-run homer to seal the Astros' 9-3 win. Chants of "Twinkie Power" rang out when he took the field in the eighth.

Did fans hurt the Cubs by providing Berkman with a late-inning sugar boost?

June 2, 2003

Posted by: flynnie2 | July 12, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Well damn, I didn't think it was possible, but I have indeed seen yet another thing I've never seen before, that was literally unbelievable.

Posted by: HotNats | July 12, 2009 4:57 PM | Report abuse

See you HADN'T seen everything.
A balk while he's intentionally walking someone.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | July 12, 2009 4:57 PM | Report abuse

this is all r-zimm's fault. he didn't play saturday and the nats scored 13. back in the lineup today - bupkus.

Posted by: surly_w | July 12, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse

I think Manny or whoever is the manager should drop Zimm into the six hole comming out of the all star break, i mean lets face it he is not delivering in the clutch other then the 30 game hit streak he has not hit when it has mattered. He has squandered numerous oppourtunities to help this team and another thing, when is Sharion Martis comming back how can you keep Detweiler in the rotation and not bring Martis back?

Posted by: dargregmag | July 12, 2009 5:05 PM | Report abuse

This is why we are the laughing-stock of MLB. I can't see how Manny keeps his job.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | July 12, 2009 5:05 PM | Report abuse

The heat is getting to Dibble (and there is no heat, they are under a roof). He is losing it.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | July 12, 2009 5:08 PM | Report abuse

On a good National League team - Cardinals, Brewers, Dodgers - the FotF is a sixth-place hitter. On the Yankees or Red Sox, he'd be batting seventh. The Nats need to stop dreaming about him posting 30 HR 120 RBI seasons and accept him for what he is, a better than average complementary player who isn't the centerpiece of a competitive team.

Posted by: leetee1955 | July 12, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Nerts.

Posted by: Scooter_ | July 12, 2009 5:14 PM | Report abuse

I like that, leetee - FotF for Face of the Franchise.

@Nats_Lady - What did Dibble say? Or is it best to allow the Wisdom of Dibble to fade from human memory?

Posted by: flynnie2 | July 12, 2009 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Dibble thinks the Nats problems would be solved if we get a rally flag or shout. And he and Sunshine Bob are exchanging ideas...

Posted by: Nats_Lady | July 12, 2009 5:17 PM | Report abuse

It is SO clear that we wouldn't have games with 11 hits and NO runs if the fans would wave towels or give a tomahawk cry. So clear.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | July 12, 2009 5:20 PM | Report abuse

amazing. this club scores 18 runs in a three-game series and loses two. the nats as currently constituted are incapable of sustaining any kind of momentum and a four-game winning streak may be the best the club can do because its pitching, offense and defense rarely function simultaneously.

Posted by: surly_w | July 12, 2009 5:22 PM | Report abuse

But, Surly, if every fan had a loud rattle...! And rattled them simultaneously.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | July 12, 2009 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Ray just harshed on the home team again. He said with the bases loaded, "There's only one word to describe this team - atrocious. Zimmerman fouls off a strike, swings at a pitch way out of the zone for a weak pop-up and Gonzalez does the same thing." Also, he does not forgive the "seeing-eye single" in the 7th. "They're not attacking the ball."

Posted by: flynnie2 | July 12, 2009 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Bring Martis back? Martis? Martis? Detwiler? Martis allowed 5 earned runs with 3 walks and 6 hits in 2 innings against Natsguy's "weak" International League hitters. No, I think you leave Martis and let Detwiler join him.

You bring up Mock, Balester and JD Martin. Releasing Villone and Tavarez.

And first and foremost you sign Steven Strasberg, then you make a trade for a MLB ready closer in the ilk of Chad Cordero. If it takes Dunn so be it.

Then you start building next year's team ;looking first at who is down at advanced A, AA, and AAA.

Posted by: periculum | July 12, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

After the ASB why not move Willingham to the No. 3 hole for a look see, keep Dunn at No. 4 and slid FotF to No. 5? Willingham is killing the ball of late and FotF looks to be swinging a lead bat to go along with his lead spikes that leads him to ground into so many DPs.

Posted by: leetee1955 | July 12, 2009 5:33 PM | Report abuse

That was not a good way to enter the All-Star break. I fear that Acta might not survive to see the other side of it, and that whoever replaces him will only see the end of the season.

I can only hope that the FO continues to sign their 2009 draft picks, and only makes trades when both teams gain perceived value.

Posted by: BinM | July 12, 2009 5:35 PM | Report abuse

I am fan of Manny's but when do you start to ask about coaching the fundamentals? Detwiler is going down, according to Manny, and Mock will be recalled.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | July 12, 2009 5:41 PM | Report abuse

luis "gasoline alley" ayala is back in the show with the phish. maybe the nats will win one game from the marlins this season.

Posted by: surly_w | July 12, 2009 5:54 PM | Report abuse

I've never seen a team as bad as the Nationals are with the bases loaded. Wow...

Posted by: rachel216 | July 12, 2009 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of trades, as far as I can tell, the biggest contract the Nats have ever taken on in a trade in the Lerner era is Josh Willingham's $2.95 million. Isn't that kind of a small salary for it to be the biggest of them all?

IMO, the Nats should expand their horizons and consider taking on medium and large salaries in trades, not just small salaries. The reason for this is that it expands the number and quality of players you can acquire in trades. If you limit yourselves to small contracts only when you trade, you may end up not being as competitive as the other clubs--clubs that you have to play against. Does anyone agree?

Posted by: EdDC | July 12, 2009 6:04 PM | Report abuse

In terms of post All-Star break moves, I think Detwiler gets optioned to SYR, and either Martin gets selected, or Mock gets recalled. Either way, the starting staff needs to be shuffled to 1)Lannan, 2)Stammen, 3)Olsen, 4)JZimm, 5)call-up.

In the current bullpen, Taverez could be on thin ice, with Sosa rounding into shape at SYR. Otherwise, there's no immediate help in the minors.

Posted by: BinM | July 12, 2009 6:11 PM | Report abuse

New post.

Posted by: leetee1955 | July 12, 2009 6:14 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: sallyworking2006 | July 13, 2009 10:07 PM | Report abuse

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