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.
July 30, 2010; 5:55 PM ET
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