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Nats trade Ronnie Belliard to L.A.

Aug 31, 2009, 9:30 AM EDT

Not a major trade by any stretch of the imagination, though there is some lightning-in-a-bottle precedent with this sort of thing for the Dodgers.

For the Nats, any time you can unload a guy like Belliard for anything you’ve done yourself proud, and in this Luis Garcia guy they’re getting from the Dodgers, they got at least a little something. To be sure, he’s no major prospect, but he’s young, reportedly has nice velocity and some upside, and there will apparently be another arm coming back as well.

Nice work, Mike Rizzo.

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