This past weekend there were rumors that the Royals were scouting James Paxton of the Seattle Mariners ahead of a potential trade for a hitter. One of the names that came up on the Royals side was Alex Gordon. A Seattle/Kansas City trade holds little interest for Nationals fans, but Alex Gordon is someone who could help the Nationals. Trading young players with years of control left on their contract is becoming the new way that small markets build, but I have to admit I am not sure a minor league starting pitcher who pitched at most 106 1/3 innings last season with a AA BB/9 of 4.1 is worth a .269/.348/.439 left fielder.
What Nats fans can figure out from the rumors of Paxton for Gordon is what it might take for the Nationals to get Alex Gordon. In a world that made sense it would take a package along the lines of Danny Espinosa, Tyler Moore, and Alex Meyer, but we do not happen to live in a world that makes sense and with a known price to beat the Nationals can take Espinosa out of the deal and if the Royals still want a 2B they can offer Lombardozzi instead. Moore would give the Royals an outfield replacement for Gordon that will be cheaper for longer and may not provide much loss in power. Meyer then would be the pitching prospect in lieu of James Paxton.