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Tonight's Lineups


Morgan - 8
Johnson - 3
Zimmerman - 5
Dunn - 7
Willingham - 9
Guzman - 6
Bard - 2
Harris - 4
Zimmermann - 1


Fowler - 8
Barmes - 4
Helton - 3
Hawpe - 9
Tulowitzki - 6
Stewart - 5
Iannetta - 2
Gonzalez - 7
Hammel - 1

By Chico Harlan  |  July 7, 2009; 6:53 PM ET
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At last our top drawer line-up.

Thoughts from the last post, I assume the primary plan is to trade Nick Johnson, move Dunn to 1B, Willingham to LF and bring Dukes back up to play RF.

Secondary plan is to trade Guzman and start Alberto Gonzalez at SS for the remainder of '09.

Other plan is to trade Willie Harris (probably), Beimel (possible) Belliard (doubtful) and Kearns (highly unlikely).

My question is for each of those players, what would you like in return? I always find it useful to describe the return using your own farm players (for instance would you want a Van Allen, a Marrero or a Balester).

Nick Johnson - Danny Espinosa and Colton Wilems
Willie Harris - Cory Van Allen
Beimel - Tom Milone
Belliard - Carlos Alvarez
Austin Kearns - Austin Kearns baseball card (circa 2006)

Posted by: estuartj | July 7, 2009 7:28 PM | Report abuse

After tonights game, this series will be tied at 1. book it

Posted by: cokedispatch | July 7, 2009 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Wow no comments yet?

No, I don't see them going after a ***real*** first base FA ... the only 1st baseman that looks like a better choice than Nick probably was Texiera.

Whereas there appear to be several prospects that look to be great choices in CF. Let's face it Morgan is not a franchise CF. Which is why he was playing left field for the pirates. They had their prospect franchise center fielder playing center.

If you put Dukes in right field does Maxwell fit the bill as your center fielder? Do you put Morgan in right and Dukes in left? With Dunn at first? If you trade Nick then Dunn has to learn to play first base a lot better than he has.

The guy they drafted 3rd from Cal looks like a good choice for 2nd base. You have 2 prospects in the minors plus one in the majors to play short instead of Guzman. You have 11 potential starting pitchers if Strasberg signs.

So Boz's point about the team being a hodge podge of pieces and parts ... a chicken McNuggets team makes sense. Does Rizzo's pick up of Morgan, Mike Morse the beginnings of new attempts to build the team differently?

Boz didn't address that. Neither has Chico.

I still think JD Martin, Padilla and Bynum deserve a chance too.

Posted by: periculum | July 7, 2009 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Infield: Trade Nick. Put Zimm at first. Play Whatever at third. Get a decent second baseman (Hudson?) to go with Gooz. Scrap heap the rest.

Outfield: Dunn, Nyjer and Willy seem OK to me. Forget Dukes and that pernennial NJ favorite, Justin "Batting .231 at Syracuse" Maxwell. One has talent and no head for the game. The other has marginal talent with a good sense of the game he can't master.

Catcher: Hope Kid Flores comes back healthy. Get a decent backup. No, not Brian Schneider.

Pitchers: Keep the Kid Rotation, swap one or two for a decent reliever and closer.

Manager: Do not keep this no-account Acta one more second.

FO: Blow this part of the team up for sure.
You'll never win big with a stooge lifer rookie acting GM Rizzo. Let StanK get his vested options, and buy him out. Lerners? Quit shopping at White Flint and Reston Town Center. Because everytime you do, you support these low-lifes.

Posted by: jdschulz50 | July 7, 2009 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Who do we want?

If Marrero is the 1st basemen if you trade Nick,
where do you put Dunn?

Trade NJ, Dunn, Guz, etc for, (here is a sampling of potential targets:)

Jay Bruce CF Cincinatti Reds.
Cameron Maybin CF FLA Marlins.
Andrew McCutchen CF Bucs.
Colby Rasmus RF Cardinals.
Carlos Gonzalez, CF, Rays.
Reid Brignac, SS Rays.
Alcides Escobar SS, Brewers.
William Fowler CF, Rockies.
Jeff Clements, C, Mariners.

Posted by: periculum | July 7, 2009 7:46 PM | Report abuse

It's touch and go on Nyjer v. Max. Ideally, if Max could hit MLB pitching,and you thought he could give us plus defense, maybe he competes Nyjer out of CF. However, if Nyjer can improve his OBP to .360, he could survive many years in CF. Love the glove.

does it look like the Nats are in full showcase mode at 2d? seems like they are essentially platooning Willie and Belli (the SuperWillieBelli platoon).

Estuartj - I'm a bit more optimistic on the trade value of Nick, Willie, and Beimel. Not one of them has a prohibitive contract. I'll point out to 2 trades the Rays have made in the recent past: Wigginton for Wheeler (2007) and Huff for Zobrist and Talbot (at AA in 2006) as a good proxy for the market for Nick. Espinosa is a good comparable for Zobrist, maybe better, while I think Willems (hurt, no signs of success) is < Talbot. Maybe Everts, who has shown signs of success, is a better comparable.

Beimel has come off of a few very successful seasons for LAD and was a Type B this past off season. Milone is not dominant enough at A ball to be worth Beimel.

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | July 7, 2009 7:56 PM | Report abuse

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