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Mike Rizzo on the trade deadline

Apologies for the slap-dash nature of the Journal today. Lots to get to. Here are the highlights of General Manager Mike Rizzo's brief meeting with reporters, which happened before he met Miss Iowa:

*The Nationals will receive Class AA right-handed starters Ryan Tatusko (25) and Tanner Roark (23) from the Rangers in exchange for Cristian Guzman. "Two young, good AA prospects that will help our inventory," Rizzo said.

*Wilson Ramos, the Class AAA catcher the Nationals received in exchange for Matt Capps, will be "at least" a September call-up, Rizzo said. "We feel like he's major-league ready." The Nationals and Twins had been discussing a Capps trade for sometime, and it progressed rapidly once Ramos became involved.

Despite Ramos's substandard stats at Class AAA, Nationals scouts like the power potential of Ramos's swing and his approach at the plate in terms of pitch selection.

"We feel like we got ourselves an immediate everyday catcher in the major leagues," Rizzo said. "Those are very hard to come by. To trade a good, solid reliever for a 22-year-old, everyday, major league ready catcher, we thought that was a deal that we had to make."

*The trade deadline will not make Rizzo buckle in his high trade demands for Adam Dunn.

"The closer to the deadline it gets, the more pressure is on the teams to come with something that makes sense for me to trade one of the best offensive players in baseball," Rizzo said. "I will come to the price where I originally said I'm going to go, or I won't trade him. The price won't come down."

Rizzo said "there's quite a bit of interest in him. Suffice to say, he's a very popular player right now." I've spotted scouts from the Rays and Tigers here. Both have been said to have interest in Dunn.

Rizzo would not discuss where the Nationals stand with Dunn and a possible contract extension. "We have many options with him, and we're going to do what's best for the long term viability of the franchise," Rizzo said.

By Adam Kilgore  |  July 30, 2010; 5:55 PM ET
Categories:  Adam Dunn , Matt Capps , trade deadline  | Tags: Adam Dunn, Matt Capps  
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Comments

Even if Roark and Tatusko are nothing more than the Luis Atilano and Collin Balester of the future, I love that he got two young arms for a guy who had zero value left for the Nats.

Keep going, Riz - Kennedy, Harris, and then get somebody to break the bank for Dunn.

Posted by: Highway295Revisited | July 30, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

From Peter gammons:

" one of the things I found curious of this whole notion if the White Sox can get Edwin Jackson from Arizona, then they can get Adam Dunn from Washington. It never made any sense to me. I think that is very agent-driven, in that the same people I see writing about this get it from the same place. I know that I talked to [Nationals GM] Mike Rizzo, and he said, I don’t want Edwin Jackson, he makes $8 million next season and he has a 5.00 ERA. He said, “I have four pitchers I know are going to be in my rotation next year, why would I spend $8 million on a fifth starter and trade Adam Dunn, who I might be able to sign. It just doesn’t make sense,"

Posted by: swanni | July 30, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

If what Gammons said holds water, that is the best thing I have heard with this whole Jackson for Dunn talk... it never really made sense to trade for an EXPENSIVE number 4 starter... when the team is still trying to fill out the first 3 spots in the rotation with healthy, reliable starters...

Posted by: Ghost7 | July 30, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Two AA pitchers from the Texas organization is probably better than the same thing from just about any other. I don't know how hard they throw, but the Nats need bodies in organization badly. Rizzo talked about 'inventory pickups'. That's about what it is. But I would reserve judgement (I would anyway), because of the fact that the Rangers pitchers organization-wide are taught to bear down and go farther in games. I think they do more long tossing, which stretches your entirety out and leaves you less tired late in the game.

Posted by: Brue | July 30, 2010 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Bless You, Mr. Gammons, Bless You!

(And Swanni too, for posting it here) :-)

Posted by: Juan-John | July 30, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

The Yankees have acquired Lance Berkman from the Astros, looks like they are out of the Adam Dunn contest. Didn't hear what they gave up.

Posted by: Natmeister | July 30, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

The Astros pick up $4M of Berkman's salary and the Yankees give up no prospects of note. Apparently they are giving up on Nick Johnson as DH next year. Makes you wonder what they might have offered the Nat's for Dunn.

Posted by: Natmeister | July 30, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse

With Guzman traded, the Nats can now play Kennedy as their regular 2B and see how he does. Four hits last night is a pretty good start. Although he made a bunch of fielding and baserunning errors when he was playing part time, I think he will make the Nats a much better team when he is a regular starter. Even though Guzman is the better natural hitter, Kennedy has virtually the same OBP (and now rising), and Kennedy brings a much better ability to play small ball and steal bases. That will make him much better hitter in the no. 2 hole behind Morgan and ahead of Zim-Dunn-Will than Guzy ever was. With Morgan doing better now, the Nats could have a really good 1-2 combination in the coming weeks and hopefully wake up Zim and Willingham from their current HR slumber. Also that would allow Riggs to play Bernardina where he wants him: i.e., back in the no. 6 hole and hopefully give Willingham some protection.

Posted by: west1805 | July 31, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

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