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The Nationals asked the Dbacks about Dan Haren, Edwin Jackson

Jul 1, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

MLB.com’s Bill Ladson reports that the Nats, despite the fact that they’re sinking like a stone in the NL East, have inquired about the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Dan Haren and Edwin Jackson. A lot of time in the article is spent wondering if this means the Nats are buyers or sellers (in light of the Adam Dunn rumors) and asking just what the hell are they’re doing. So what are they doing?

Seems to me that being interested in either Jackson or Haren isn’t a matter of buying or selling as we usually discuss it in the “what does it mean for the current season” sense of the term. Just seems like a way to build for the future. Haren is signed through 2012 with a club option for 2013.  Jackson is signed through the end of 2011.  In short, picking up either of these guys would be a play for 2011 and possibly beyond, not a play for some quixotic stab at getting back in the wild card race.

Sure, getting either of these guys would be an expensive way to build, but the Nats efforts to make such a move in the offseason (see, Marquis, Jason) didn’t work out so well, so why not treat this summer as a defacto free agent season, give the Dbacks the salary relief they want and maybe a prospect or two, and acquire a respectable arm to accompany Mr. Strasburg for the next couple of seasons?

If the team is willing to spend some money now — and it seems that they are — making such a move now seems a better bet than getting involved in the great musical chairs game they always seem to lose during the hot stove season.

  1. MG19 - Jul 1, 2010 at 11:18 AM

    Hey craig…speaking of the nationals…what is the deal with Chien Ming Wang? i know hes hurt but did his name just drop off the face of the Earth?

  2. Jonny5 - Jul 1, 2010 at 11:28 AM

    The Philthies are looking into Haren as well as a few other teams. “That boy good”.

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