Thursday, January 08, 2009
I Am OK With It
If Bill Ladson's latest source is correct, I am OK with it.
I really am.
And I don't care if someone inside Our Team is bluffing to hide something more definitive down the line, because I truly believe you don't give up on your very own.
You give them every single opportunity to succeed and win--for you.
Would Adam Dunn and Orlando Hudson be an integral part of the first truly excellent team for Our Washington Nationals?
Washington has a better chance of improving and receiving something better in return, if both Nick Johnson and Shawn Hill recover fully. If both NJ and Hill realize their potential--and remember Our Number 24 is in a contract year--they would be far more tradeable than they would ever be today. No question about it, there is nothing to lose by sticking by them.
By casting Johnson aside for Dunn--you give up the opportunity to make any significant trade if Nick breaks out.
The same for Hill.
Orlando Hudson costs you a 2nd round draft pick.
I understand the "BIG IF" part of this equation. I really do. But right now JimBo's not going to get anything significant if Johnson and Hill do resurrect their careers. Do you really just want to release them or swap them for a utility infielder down the line? That's what Washington would receive in return right now--a lower level prospect.
Odder things have happened, but I would bet there have been countless players on this same bubble throughout the history of baseball. And many times--when everybody else wrote those guys off--they recovered and became significant contributors to their teams.
The Quality Of The Individual Is Important to me. Both Nick Johnson and Shawn Hill CARE about their game and their profession. Those are the type of players I would back until they can't possibly go any longer. They are worth my patience. And it pleases me to read that Our Washington Nationals HAVE NOT given up on them.
I just wish they hadn't given up on Chad Cordero.
Because if Nick Johnson and Shawn Hill become the performers everyone has envisioned in 2009--Our Washington Nationals will win on both sides of the equation.
And if the report that Washington's not going to sign any free agents is true, they could still make a significant trade and shake things up for the better.
Patience is important.
So yeah--I AM OK WITH IT. I Really Am.