What I’m talking about is yesterday’s article on the Nats’ website that I read that covers Tuesday’s trade, and basically comments on the rest of the Nats’ roster. Let’s dissect a few things that were said on there:
“The Nationals have been unhappy with their outfielders for quite some time. They have come to the conclusion that Adam Dunn and Josh Willingham belong in the American League as designated hitters, and Elijah Dukes makes too many fundamental mistakes.”
Wait, the Nationals have long acknowledged Dunn’s defensive shortcomings, and they signed him for his power and RBI potential, which they have raved about all season until now. And he has played his entire career in the National league, and now the Nationals are going to be the ones saying he belongs as a DH in the AL? Absurd. They were also recently raving about Willingham’s bat and now they hate him? And Dukes, who earlier this year was being referred to as the Nats’ best all-around player?
“The Nationals see Morgan as a center fielder/leadoff hitter. Washington also likes his hockey attitude. He once played with the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League during the 1999-2000 season. “
They like his hockey attitude? Not sure what to make of that.
“We have a great character guy in Morgan. We have our center fielder.”
I’m all for a good character guy, but haven’t they said that about Kearns for a long time, and we’ve seen how that has worked out. In terms of “we have our center fielder”, see Milledge, Lastings, Maxwell, Justin, and Bernadina, Roger. We’ve heard this all before. How long until they give up on Morgan?
“Hanrahan and Milledge did not fit in the team’s long-term plans.“
Correct me if I’m wrong, but coming out of spring training, the team talked at length about how both of these guys has locks on their positions, and that they would be future building blocks of the team. I have no problem with getting rid of guys that don’t produce. But let’s stop making ridiculous pronouncements only to back off them and look silly. (See a few days ago where Willie Harris was proclaimed to be the new sparkplug at the top of the lineup, then quickly benched again).
“[Rizzo] is looking for a starting shortstop. The Nationals feel that Cristian Guzman, who is on the trading block, has lost a few steps with his glove.”
The absurdity continues. This guy was basically leading the league in hitting a few weeks ago and now they are giving up on him because of his glove? Work with him on this, don’t use that as a cover story to trade away a solid veteran for even more unproven prospects. This is starting to feel like the movie Major League. The team is looking for a starting shortstop? Are you kidding?
“Washington wants young starting pitching in return for Guzman, who has one year left on his contract. “
How many more young starters do you want? I can’t believe I am reading this. The team needs to sign a true #1 starter, have Lannan at #2, sign a solid #3, and let the best of the rest of their young pitching corps battle it out for final 2 spots. More young starting pitching is what we don’t need, unless we are talking about someone like Tim Lincecum
“The team is also looking to trade Dukes, and that may be hard to do because he comes with a lot of off-the-field baggage. Whom the club wants for Dukes is not known.”
I’ll make this my last comment before I vomit. The Nats knew full well about Dukes before they signed him, and other than his child-support troubles, he has been much better in his off-the-field behavior for the Nats than he was before. Please don’t whine about how hard it would be to trade him because of this.
Right now it looks like the team admitting that the last 5 years of rebuilding the franchise hasn’t worked, and they’re going to basically start over again? If you thought the dropoff in ticket sales this season was bad, wait until next year if they keep this up. The people that do still go to most of the games, myself included, appreciate the players trying hard every game even if they are losing. What we are tired of is the front office spinning its wheels, not making much progress, changing its story, giving up on players it recently called building blocks, and refusing to spend money on free agents. Maybe they need more sleep or a vacation to clear their heads. Because what’s happening right now isn’t working.