Matt Lindstrom for two guys who Ben Badler says wouldn't have been in the top 30 of one of the worst minor league systems in all of baseball. I'm not a huge fan of Lindstrom, but to get a guy who throws 100 miles per hour basically for free?
And Rich Harden for one year and $7 million is an excellent risk-reward for Texas. I would have really liked to see the Nationals do that one.
But then Former Rizzo guy Brandon Lyon gets three years and $15 million from Ed Wade and the Houston Astros. Wow. Now that's a bad contract.
Oh, and totally related to nothing--triple A rule 5 picks never become anything. Don't worry about pronouncing Wlodarczyk or Arismendy.
- Update: add one more deals to the list of deals that would have made sense for the Nationals. Greg Zaun for $1.5 million and one year. I've defended the Pudge signing, not so much as a great move and more as an understandable, better-than-most-other-options-available move. Well, here's a deal that would have been better. A similar if not better player for half the money and half the years. He doesn't have the name, which I think the Nationals care about perhaps more than they should, but just based on production per dollar, this deal is better.