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The Nationals get symmetrical to complete the David DeJesus trade

Sep 19, 2013, 12:50 PM EDT

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At the end of August the Nationals traded David DeJesus to the Rays for a player to be named later. That player was named: left hander Matt Spann, a 2010 draft choice who has done alright in the Rays’ lower minor leagues.

But more importantly, Spann makes things nice and symmetrical in the double-N department for the Nats. Spann matches up nicely with Denard Span just as Jordan Zimmermann matches up nicely with Ryan Zimmerman.  Indeed, an entire generation of Nats fans may grow up thinking that double-Ns mean a guy is a pitcher, single-Ns means a position player.

At least that’s what I’d tell my kids. Just after I told them how they determine the weight capacity of bridges.

  1. NatsLady - Sep 19, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    Ok, now that’s funny…

    • NatsLadyy - Sep 19, 2013 at 4:33 PM

      It really is!

  2. mattymatty - Sep 19, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    Ryan Zimmerman has one ‘n’ at the end. Jordan has two. This may have been your point, but you spelled Ryan’s name with one n.

    • hughhansen - Sep 19, 2013 at 1:09 PM

      You mean he spelled it with two n’s.

      • asimonetti88 - Sep 19, 2013 at 3:11 PM

        Too many ‘n’s.

  3. Jeremy T - Sep 19, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    Calvin and Hobbes reference! I knew I liked you for a reason, Craig.

  4. voteforno6 - Sep 19, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    Considering Rizzo’s track record in trades like this, Spann could be a nice little pickup.

    2009: Traded Ryan Langerhans to Seattle for Michael Morse
    2010: Traded Matt Capps to Minnesota for Wilson Ramos
    2011: Traded Alberto Gonzalez to San Diego for Erik Davis, who’s gotten some time in the big leagues this year as a reliever
    2011: Traded Jason Marquis to Arizona for Zach Walters, a September callup this year.
    2013: Traded Michael Morse to Seattle, received Ian Krol, A.J. Cole, and Blake Treinan from Oakland

    Or, maybe it won’t amount to anything.

  5. nolanwiffle - Sep 19, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    Now we simply need to call up Walter Harperr from the minors and we’ll be in business. I hear the dude is pushing the outer limits of how fast we thought humans could hurl a baseball. The future is indeed bright

  6. natstowngreg - Sep 19, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    Look up “bored” in the dictionary. You will find a copy of this blog post.

    • dan1111 - Sep 19, 2013 at 4:37 PM

      This blog post is bored? That don’t make no sense. Shouldn’t they have a picture of you? Or the people reading your comment?

  7. someguyinva - Sep 19, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    Boy it’s a good thing they shut down Strasburg last year, so that they were able to make this trade this year.

    #amIDoingThisRight?

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