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The Nats are being aggressive in the early trading season

Jun 24, 2013, 11:33 AM EDT

Mike Rizzo AP

No deals of note have happened yet, but Andy Martino of the Daily News reports that one team has been blowin’ up other teams’ cell phones:

One rival executive said that while trade talk around the league remains mostly quiet and preliminary, as is typical with more than a month to go before the deadline, Washington has emerged as the most aggressive team.  “They’re calling everybody, trying to do something,” the exec said.  “They’re looking for pitching, and they’re being really aggressive.”

Martino notes that Ricky Nolasco is being made available by the Marlins. While inter-divisional trades are rare, one gets the sense that Miami doesn’t really care about such things if it means moving veterans.

Martino has some other notes about teams who may be competing with the Nats for pitching depth. Check it out.

  1. dcfan4life - Jun 24, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    Wait, the Miami Marlines dont care? They will happily dump veterans for nothing? Even to a divisional rival? I…am…shocked…

    • Old Gator - Jun 24, 2013 at 12:24 PM

      Does the name “Dan Uggla” mean anything to you?

  2. yougotgirouxed - Jun 24, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    What do you wanna give us for Cliff Lee?

    • natslady - Jun 24, 2013 at 11:52 AM

      Not Taylor Jordan, that’s for sure! See below. Ain’t happening, Rizzo is not going to eat THAT much salary and years with the young pitchers we got in the minors. Give ya Danny Espinosa, and maybe throw in Tyler Moore. I’m kidding but those two are not fixing the things they were sent to Syracuse to fix.

  3. specialkindofstupid - Jun 24, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    I was going to say “I bet they wish they hadn’t tossed away John Lannan,” but then I checked Lannan’s stats.

  4. natslady - Jun 24, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    Haren is, well, Haren. Detwiler has not come back to form since his DL stint (on three starts, but none have even been “Quality.”) Got Ohlendorf and Stammen in the bullpen as possible spot starters. Karns from AA is clearly not ready, that was tried. Zach Duke–long gone. Gotta another hot kid in AA (Taylor Jordan)–I mean check out his stats. You bet Rizzo is on the phone, probably two phones at a time.

    Taylor Jordan in seven starts, 6-0 ERA 0.73 WHIP 0.755 42 Ks 8 BBs. He went the full nine on 6/13 and eight on 6/19.

  5. natslady - Jun 24, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    Mark Zuckerman said this about Jordan,

    The problem: Jordan pitched only 54 1/3 innings last season after recovering from Tommy John surgery, he’s already thrown 85 1/3 innings this season and you know how Rizzo and this organization handle young pitchers returning from that major elbow procedure.

    If the Nationals are interested in Jordan only for a couple of spot starts, he seems like a viable choice. If they need somebody to take over Haren’s spot long-term, the potential risk appears to outweigh the potential reward.

    First priority–cover the weekend starts.
    Next priority–longer term solution.

    After today the Nats play 20 games in 20 days until the All-Star Break. Gotta have starters.

  6. thebadguyswon - Jun 24, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    This is really gonna derail those ten consecutive World Series’ the Nats were destined to win.

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jun 24, 2013 at 12:39 PM

      That really not fair. I don’t know of anyone who predicted more then 8 in a row

      • stlouis1baseball - Jun 24, 2013 at 3:13 PM

        Hahaha! I have no idea what it means either.
        And I am NOT…repeat…NOT going to google it either.

  7. bisonaudit - Jun 24, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    Why are they looking to add pitching? Their pitching is fine. Their problem is they can’t score.

  8. baseballer28 - Jun 24, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    mike rizzo=biggest piece of shit in baseball

    • Old Gator - Jun 24, 2013 at 1:17 PM

      baseballer28 = most juvenile and vacuous poster on this thread.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jun 24, 2013 at 2:30 PM

        Yes, you are right. Or wrong. Or, close. Or a bit off…..

        I don’t know. Truth be told I have no idea what vacuous means.

    • Old Gator - Jun 24, 2013 at 1:17 PM

      baseballer28 = most juvenile and vacuous poster on this thread.

  9. 13arod - Jun 24, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    The nationals are a sorry team go braves

    • no14mike - Jun 24, 2013 at 3:16 PM

      This coming from a guy whose username is named after A-Roid. lol.

  10. scdocal - Jun 24, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    They are going to make moves for what. They aren’t going to make the playoffs. They can’t stay healthy and the lineup is simply overrated. If the braves would play up to their potential they would be 10-15 games up. The only thing I would do is get draft prospects. You of all teams should know what that can do for you.

  11. realgone2 - Jun 24, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    Wellll that was a short trip……….

  12. razorbyrd - Jun 24, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    “if the Braves were playing up to potential”?!

    if the Nats were playing up to THEIR potential, we’d all be discussing the best record in all of baseball right now…

    if they can get, and STAY healthy after the All Star break, they WILL catch the Braves for the division…

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