Backed up into a Corner

The Nats made a trade today, and while I at first I didn’t love the trade, it’s hard to blame them. They don’t have a viable backup, Wilson Ramos hasn’t shown he can stay heal...

A Trade! Perhaps a Steal?

Really, is there anything more exciting in the offseason than a trade? Well, maybe there is, but consider that question rhetorical. The Nats acquired Doug Fister for Steve Lombardozzi, Ian Krol and R...

Do the Nats Need an Ace?

It’s the offseason, so rather than talking about things that are actually happen, much of what we hear are just rumors. The latest rumor for the Nationals is certainly an interesting one: New n...

What if Prince was Available?

Here’s a fun hypothetical situation for you: Let’s say the Tigers, with a new manager and a fresh look at their defense (bad) and baserunning (worse), decide they want to get rid of one o...

Replacing LaRoche with a Middle Infielder

In the last few days, we’ve explored how the Nats might replace LaRoche via a trade or free agency, or by turning him into a platoon player with someone who is not yet on the Nats roster. Today...

Replacing LaRoche with half a LaRoche

In the last article, we discussed the potential replacement for Adam LaRoche, after his poor 2013 season and the Nats likely desire to improve their lineup. But it is entirely possible that, and bear...

First Base Through Free Agency or a Trade

Adam LaRoche did not have a good season. In fact, when we looked at where he ranked among NL 1Bs, it was below average in AVG, OBP, SLG and OPS. While he might not have been replaceable by any old mi...

Trade Espinosa, But Not Before Surgery

The latest Nats rumor, brought to you by Bill Lasdon, is that the Nationals “are trying to trade Espinosa.” The very same Danny Espinosa who has the distinction of having the lowest batti...

Dan Haren and a Group of Prospects

Dan Haren has made quite a recovery since he left the DL, pitching in 10 games, starting 9 of them, and amassing a 2.56 ERA. Not only is that the best ERA among the team’s starters in that time...

Fifth Starter Trade Possibilities

A few weeks ago, after a disappointing start by Dan Haren, I investigated the possibilities for a 5th starter. I’m not going to get into how bad his 6.15 ERA is, or that his 61 ERA+ only looks ...