Sunday, December 19, 2010
Today Is Not The Right Time
Reading up on the potential trade and player veto that reportedly went down between Our Washington Nationals and The Kansas City Royals for Zack Greinke the past six weeks, we are not disappointed the swap didn't go down. Washington's farm system isn't developed enough yet to dump four prospects for a veteran, former Cy Young Award Winner, still in his late 20's. Maybe one to two years from now, but not as 2010 is about to change over to 2011.
D.C.'s Team is still attempting to get over the .500 mark for first time since baseball returned to the Nation's Capital. Zack Greinke wouldn't drastically change things overnight. Mike Rizzo has a lot more work to accomplish for that to happen. Greinke is a very good pitcher and his talent would certainly make Washington's starting rotation better over the next two guaranteed years of his contract, but at what cost?
According to Sports Illustrated, Drew Storen and Danny Espinosa were two of the four Nats offered to Kansas City. The Royals wanted Jordan Zimmermann too. Our GM Mike Rizzo rightfully said no. Making two holes in your lineup just to fill one is not the way to build any team. The Milwaukee Brewers are advanced enough to make such a trade, and they did, because The Brew Crew feels they are close to contending and have dispensable talent necessary to let go for a title run.
Washington is simply not there yet, not even close.
Storen, Espinosa, Zimmermann, Wilson Ramos, Ian Desmond are making strides. Jesus Flores is finally making progress after two years of injury. Byrce Harper is getting people excited about his 18-year old powerful bat and Stephen Strasburg is rehabbing back to health. For the first time since The Montreal Expos transferred here, a core group of true home grown products are rising to the Big League roster simultaneously.
It's time to see what they can do.
If Our Washington Nationals were close to contending and Zack Greinke would put Mike Rizzo's team ever so closer to reaching that goal--then make that deal--like The Brewers did this weekend. But today was not the right time to make such a swap. Washington must get better overall, first, to make such a trade worthwhile.
Besides, Greinke vetoed a trade to D.C. anyway. He didn't want to play here. So there is really no loss.