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Postby jellis » Mon Nov 10, 2008 9:02 pm

The Washington Nationals began their rebuilding process Monday, agreeing to a trade for left fielder Josh Willingham and lefty starter Scott Olsen of the Florida Marlins for a package of players.

The Nats traded away second baseman Emilio Bonifacio, who hit .243 in 49 games last season, and two minors leaguers in pitcher P.J. Dean and shortstop Jake Smolinski, sources told ESPN's Peter Gammons.

damn I feel like I need to do more research but not sure why they gave up so much for so little
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Re: nats/FLA

Postby Hermie13 » Tue Nov 11, 2008 11:32 am

which team gave up so much for so little?
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Re: nats/FLA

Postby jellis » Tue Nov 11, 2008 3:53 pm

I feel like washington gave up nothing for a guy who hits 20-25 hrs and olson who is a proven starting pitcher.

Smoliski had surgery on his mcl and acl and dean isnt anything special
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Re: nats/FLA

Postby carnegie44115 » Tue Nov 11, 2008 3:54 pm

Im just shocked they did this in their own division.
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Re: nats/FLA

Postby Hermie13 » Tue Nov 11, 2008 4:29 pm

Willingham only had 15 HRs last year because he was injured. Has a bad back....many felt he should go to the AL where he could DH cause he can't play a full season in the OF. Olsen while good.....is pretty lackluster. 4.00 ERA but will get you innings. It'll depend on how the 2 minor leaguers turn out. But Bonifacio is a gonna be solid for the Marlins. Smolinski is a nice OBP guy but needs to develop some power. Moved to 2B from the OF this year. PJ Dean had a nice 1st year in pro ball as a start (1.57 ERA at 10 starts in short-A ball). Both these guys were just drafted in 2007 (2nd and 7th rounds).



The fact is, niether Olsen nor Willingham had that much trade value. They got some nice pieces though (plus shed about $5M in arbitration salary).


Marlins have traded within their own division quite a few times (Delgado to the Mets for example).
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