Thursday, February 23, 2006

Make Mine Extra Toolsy

The same day that Dave Sheinin introduced the general public to the idea of what a Toolsy Reds outfielder is by pointing out what a good football team the Nats have, comes word, from, that the Nationals are interested in Wily Mo Pena.

That the Nats are interested in Pena/A Red/An Outfielder should come as no surprise. The Nats (or more precisely, Bowden) was sniffing around Pena last offseason.

Pena's main skill is his power. He's cranked out 45 home runs in just over 600 ABs over the last two years. (Stats) Impressive power for a 23 year old. Pena doesn't walk at all, and his strikeout rate would make Brad Wilkerson look like Joe Sewell.

Pena's played all over the outfield, but his defensive stats are all over the map -- bad in the corners, good in centerfield. So I don't really know what to make of them. Last year, though, they were mostly terrible.

I don't really see what Pena provides over a Church/Byrd platoon. But I've been saying that for months, just with different names inserted for Pena's.

If he available? The Reds just traded Sean Casey to free up some payroll, and more importantly, a roster spot. Dunn slides into first, freeing up a spot for Pena. Although (and this is entirely conjecture) they could potentially slide Ryan Freel into the outfield with no problem -- assuming he keeps himself out of jail. That would also force them to put Tony Womack into the lineup fulltime, which he's been jonesing for.

I don't know what the Nats would offer, but tying up with another point I was making earlier, Jon Rauch needs to be moved. If Ortiz, Armas, and Drese make it, there's simply no room for him. He can't be sent to the minors anymore. And if Pena's on the roster, is Ryan Church really necessary? Maybe there's a package there -- even if it's one that makes my blood turn cold.

Of course this is all probably much ado about nothing.... but in an offseason that's been focused on nothing but the Stadium and Soriano, sometimes it's fun to rumormonger!


  • Wouldn't the idea be to trade Soriano and some $ for Pena, though that doesn't make use of our Rauch "asset".

    By Blogger Sam, at 2/23/2006 9:27 PM  

  • Who, at this point in the year when teams have mostly filled out their budgets, is going to trade for a $10 million player?

    I'm sure the Nats could trade him for a contract, but at this point, the best the Nats can probably hope for is for Soriano to walk, and the Nats to take the two draft picks.

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 2/23/2006 9:51 PM  

  • We should have non-tendered the idiot when we had the chance.

    By Blogger Yuda, at 2/23/2006 10:12 PM  

  • You can't non-tender a GM, Yuda!

    Oh.... wrong idiot.

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 2/23/2006 10:13 PM  

  • How about the Red Sox taking Soriano for Wells and Papelbon? They don't have a budget, do they? And Mark Loretta and Tony Graff. are not Soriano-caliber second baseman.

    By Blogger Sam, at 2/23/2006 10:17 PM  

  • Maybe we need to toss in Rauch for that deal to be fair?

    By Blogger Sam, at 2/23/2006 10:18 PM  

  • Turn it around...

    If you were Boston, would you make that deal?

    They're pretty happy with Graffanino -- take a look at his numbers.

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 2/23/2006 10:23 PM  

  • Church is better as a corner in my option (although he asn't made a fielding error at all 3 OF positions in 112 games), so it could work to have Pena in center. Although it is impossible, I'd rather somehow trade for Adam Dunn.

    By Blogger King, at 2/23/2006 10:41 PM  

  • Well, they did offer him arbitration and bring him back. Obviously it's Loretta's job to lose.

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 2/23/2006 10:42 PM  

  • Chris: Graffanino isn't even slated to start after that poor NLDS performance. He's basically been Grady Littled by the organization and probably a lot of their fans despite that great season.

    By Blogger King, at 2/23/2006 10:42 PM  

  • Sheesh, you're tough. Point well taken, although if they're happy with Graffanino you wonder why'd they go get Loretta?

    By Blogger Sam, at 2/23/2006 10:53 PM  

  • Don't think that I'm trying to be a jerk -- even if I'm apparently playing that role! :)

    What I should've said is happy with their second base situation. I had a bran cramp. :P

    I suppose it's possible, but I can't imagine that Boston is interested in Soriano. They seem to value OBP, and defense -- neither of which are Soriano's strong points.

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 2/23/2006 10:55 PM  

  • (noting that he hadn't seen comments answering question about Loretta when it was posed)

    By Blogger Sam, at 2/23/2006 10:55 PM  

  • Although -- just to throw trades out there -- now that I'm thinking of it, and given Bowden's past interest, I suppose the Reds would take Soriano if we'd take back Milton!


    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 2/23/2006 10:58 PM  

  • I don't think you're at all being a jerk and didn't mean to suggest that.

    Hell, if Frank Robinson ran this blog, I expect a few of us commenters would be traded for a sack of potatoes by now!

    By Blogger Sam, at 2/23/2006 11:22 PM  

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