Thursday, July 01, 2010

The Nats' Window of Opportunity

With the trading deadline approaching, what should the Nats do?

Maybe dumping all those carcasses on the side of the road isn't the smartest idea.  At least that's what I kinda sorta maybe argue over here.  Read it.  Papa needs some new shoes.  And a belt.  And something other than boxed mac and cheese to eat.  :-(

Hungry.  So very very hungry.


  • Your column makes me think that what they need to do is trade Ryan Zimmerman (along with the carcasses).

    By Blogger Unknown, at 7/01/2010 10:14 AM  

  • Basing 50% of that three year window of opportunity on Zimmerman also is frightening because he seems to be regressing, especially with the bat.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7/01/2010 11:00 AM  

  • This is an interesting, out-of-the-box take, and honestly, I rather agree.

    Any prospects we get in exchange for a Willingham/Dunn rental, even for 1.5 years of team control, are not going to bring the Nats pieces that will be skilled enough in time to be complimentary to Strasburg and Zim as part of a playoff team.

    Unfortunately, the only way the Nats can get a reasonable shot at the wild card by 2012, and certainly by 2011, would be a combination of a) big free-agent signings, and b) trades for talented-but-oversalaried players.

    In the former case, the FAs would have to have declined arbitration (or not offered arbitration), so as not to lose a draft pick. In the latter case, taking on another team's expensive player's salary would drive down who the Nats would have to give up.

    Both components of the solution, however, will cost BIG BUCKS. Therefore, I don't see it happening.

    The other factor as you note is that FAILING to bolster the team in a big way from outside the organization all but guarantees SS and Zim will be GONE as soon as they are out from under team control.

    By Blogger James Bjork, at 7/01/2010 2:03 PM  

  • You know, Ramen is much more effective on a cost-per-meal basis.

    By Blogger Chris Pendley, at 7/03/2010 6:40 PM  

  • They improve 10 games this year to 69 wins. Ten more next year to 79. Improvement of 10 more in 2012 gets 'em to 89 -- maybe in the wild card hunt.

    And that's our high-water year before Zim et al start to migrate out of here like a GS 1.5 government worker on a Friday before a holiday weekend?

    This picture is even bleaker than I thought it was.

    By Anonymous Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me, at 7/03/2010 8:55 PM  

  • Wow. Jayson Stark from ESPN says that Latos, Garcia and Pelfrey deserve a spot in the all-star game more than Strasburg.
    Are you fucking kidding me? Baseball is a boring, dying sport that is losing out to second-tiers like hockey and UFC/MMA, and you don't think the best young player in the game should be showcased??
    It doesn't matter what the statheads or seamheads think; this sport needs the casual fan who turns up just a few times a season to see someone throw 100 fucking miles an hour. Jackass.

    By Blogger Rob B, at 7/05/2010 1:28 AM  

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