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NJ traded to fish for Class AA left-hander Aaron Thompson,
Finally! Now let's bring up Dukes, put him in LF, and Dunn at 1B. Let's see that lineup hit!
Can't wait for the FJB reaction to the Joe Beimel prospects.
Really??? This was the best we could get for Nick Johnson? Ugh...http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=thomps001aar
Rizzo not only gave Nick away for next to nothing, he paid him to leave. Bowden could not have done better.
These last few comments are classic. Rizzo's an idiot if he doesn't trade Nick and an idiot if he does trade him. Maybe Nats fan do have the team they deserve after all.
I'd interested to get Stephen's flavor on the prospects we got in these deals. Both guys had to be traded, though. We weren't going to get anything for Nick. You've got to inch toward relevance, not shrink in fear from the 100+ losses that seller teams need to take on their way to replenish the farm system in the process.Seems sensible from where I sit. Now let's get Strasburg signed so he can make some appearances in a Potomac repeat Carolina League championship.
I think Beimel was giveaway for the Nats they asked for Eric Young Jr. But were offered Ryan Mattheus and Robinson Fabian both are relievers. Mattheus was listed as an untradable before he got Tommy John Surgery and if he makes a full recover that trade looks to be a steal for the Nats but if not all we lost was a loogy who wasn't gonna be National after this year anyway. Can't argue that trade. low risk, high reward. Nick Johnson for Thompson is an interesting trade. Thompson was ranked #8 prospect on the Marlins top 10, I think? While the Marlins were offering Ryan Tucker (ranked #5) plus another prospect. So I think Rizzo and his cronies saw something in Thompson that Marlins knew and we almost didn't get him because of it. But when the Nats offered to pay Nick's contract the Marlin's FO was happy and gave Rizzo what he wanted. So overall, I am glad the Nats made these trades. They made sense and had to be done. Better to get something than nothing.
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