Tuesday, November 11, 2008
The First thing that came to my mind upon hearing that Our Washington Nationals had traded for Josh Willingham from The Florida Marlins was--That Guy Has Killed Us!! Seemingly, he hit a home run against Washington pitching every single time we've played him. So I looked up his stats and I was close enough. Josh Willingham has 63 Career Home Runs--13 against Our Washington Nationals. At least he won't be feasting on DC Pitching for a while.
The Second thought that came to my mind--Where is Willingham going to play? And is this a precursor for another swap to occur? Lastings Milledge, Elijah Dukes and supposedly Austin Kearns are already in place. Washington's made no decision on Willie Harris or Roger Bernadina. Whether you like it or not--Wily Mo Pena is also coming back. Yeah, the trade reports claim Willingham can play first base--but he's only actually done so twice in his Major League Career.
Third thought--Left Handed Innings Eater Starter received in Scott Olsen--with an interesting personal background. Only 24 Years Old with Randy St.Claire now available to take him under his wings. Our Pitching Coach has done wonders with talents far less than Scott Olsen. You have to figure Olsen is going to get better under St.Claire.
Fourth Thought--I guess Emilio Bonifacio wasn't Our Second Baseman of The Future after all and Anderson Hernandez is. You would have never figured after Emilio's electric debut back in August--that by December--he would be gone. And by the way--Don't Ever Wear Number 7 as A Washington Nationals. It's quite remarkable how that uniform number has become The Bermuda Triangle for lost players. Brad Wilkerson, Wiki Gonzalez, Felipe Lopez, Nook Logan, Roger Bernadina and Emilio Bonifacio have all worn Number 7. Bernadina the only player still in the organization.
Fifth Thought--I don't know much about P.J. Dean or Jake Smolinski--the two young talents Our General Manager traded to The Marlins in exchange for Willingham and Olsen--but they do seem to have ability. So, a few years are going to have to pass before the final trade grade is determined.
Final Thought--Our Washington Nationals pick up a starting pitcher that is left-handed and a complimentary power bat for an young, talented, but inconsistent second baseman. I'm OK with this deal. For 2009, Our General Manager Jim Bowden has made a move to improve The Major League Quality Talent on the field--Right Now. The Bigger Question Is--What's coming next? No way the off-season is done for Our Washington Nationals.
And--how much do Willingham and Olsen get in Salary Arbitration? The are both eligible and the very reason The Florida Marlins traded both players to Washington--in the first place.