Just as most of us suspected, the Nationals didn’t end up signing Mark Teixeira, the best position player available in this year’s free agent class. I am not, however, particularly distraught over the way this turned out. In fact, I think it may end up working out in the Nationals favor. Adding him would have definitely been helpful for Washington, but getting him was a no-brainer for the Yankees. They needed to get a first baseman who could hit like one, they needed to improve their defense, they needed to get younger, and they have very few hitting prospects in their farm system. If I would criticize them for anything, it’s spending so much on pitching – they have some good arms coming up, besides the youngsters you know about, and while you can never have too many, it’s still seems like more than they need. But for the Nats, Teixeira was probably not the best answer for them longterm, and here is why…
You’ve probably seen it already – the Nats have signed perenniel Baltimore potential stud pitcher, Daniel Cabrera, to a one year deal. Cabrera has been a tantalizing prospect his whole career. It might have something to do with his high strikeout rates or his 6’7″ frame or his 95 mph fastball. I am making up the 95 mph, I don’t really know exactly how fast it is, but it’s a good fastball that’s though to hit. Anyway, the question many Nats fans are probably asking is “what’s the point of getting a former prospect who never panned out?” and that’s not a bad question. But Cabrera still is that potential guy, his raw stuff is still impressive and there is always that chance.
So what did the Nats get? Well, they got a guy who has always had good strikeout rates, other than last year and his rookie season. The problem is, he also walks guys. Alot of guys. In a league where striking out more than 7 guys per 9 innings is good, and walking more than 4 is bad, here is what we’ve got
Maybe I’m in a bad mood today. It wouldn’t have anything to do with a certain local football team’s performance though… Anyway, I saw this today and every time I see it, it enrages me. Just ridiculous. Omar Minaya truly ruined this Nationals franchise for years during his tenure as GM of the Expos. But nothing is more ridiculous than this trade. This picture, by the way, comes from Bartolo Colon’s Baseball Reference Page:
The Winter Meetings, as you probably know, are in full swing. This year it’s in Las Vegas, which is nice for them. I’m here in the DC area where all meetings are wintery right now. The Nationals have some opportunity here, as people are looking for players to complete their teams.
One possibility that has been talked about is Tim Redding being traded to the Rockies. Read the rest of this entry »
It’s a slow week for baseball this week, and the only talk in Nats-land seems to be the potential signing of Mark Teixeira. I’ll believe that several months after I see it. In non-news related news, Collin Balester has his own blog. I am a fan of blogs, obviously, and this includes other blogs. But it is especially applicable to player’s blogs. It gives you a little peak into their lives. Read the rest of this entry »