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Reaction to the Fister Trade

The best column on the Fister to the Nats trade I've read is from Dave Cameron of Fangraphs and my suggestion to you is that if you want an opinion of the trade, read that. It echoes what the majority of people think about the trade and there is no reason for me to write out the same thing when it has already been done, and by this time I am sure you know the details of the trade and have your own opinion on it. The other interesting reaction to the trade was from the depths of the Nats fan base that happen to live on Facebook. I didn't know this until last night but then a new Twitter account, @MASNCommenter, popped up. My curiosity wouldn't let me rest until I could discover the origin of these comments and it turned out to be the MASN Nationals Facebook page

It is almost alarming to juxtapose Dave Cameron's thoughts with those of the MASN comments. Most of the complaints on the Nats end are that the Nationals traded a left handed reliever and Steve Lombardozzi. To see either of these as a negative is a complete lack of fundamental understanding of baseball. Even if Lombardozzi was a good utility player, which he isn't, and Ian Krol an excellent left handed reliever, which he isn't yet, this would be a steal for the Nationals. Consider that last season Doug Fister had a 4.6 fWAR and in 2011 Gio Gonzalez had a 3.3 fWAR. In essence the Nationals got a pitcher coming off of a better season than Gio Gonzalez when they traded for him for far less of a price. The real get for the Tigers is Robbie Ray and I am not unconvinced that Dave Dombrowski and the Tigers scouts value Ray more than prospect evaluators do. The Tigers may view Ray as having top of the rotation potential whereas most everyone else views him as more of a back of the rotation type. That may be the case or the Tigers are continuing an effort they started when they traded Prince Fielder to clear up payroll to keep Scherzer, Cabrera, and to possibly add an outfield bat like Choo.

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New Nats addition: Dakota Bacus

It's not a huge surprise that the Nats dealt Kurt Suzuki this morning, as hewas a pending free agent backup catcher with over $1 million left on his contract (plus a $650,000 buyout on his option). I was a bit surprised that the Nats got a solid prospect in return for him - 22 year old RHP Dakota Bacus.

Bacus is the type of pitcher who can move up the organization quickly after being converted from being a starter to a reliever (similar to another guy the Nats got from the A's, Ian Krol, in that respect). He's seen a huge uptick in his ability to strike out batters out of the bullpen (between 10.5-11 K/9 as a reliever, under 5 K/9 as a starter) and strikes me as a Craig Stammen type who gets a bunch of ground balls with decent control and the ability to strike out guys when needed.

 

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Mike Rizzo Gets His Man

 

Mike Rizzo has had his Adrian Veidt moment. After years and years of searching for a centerfielder that can lead-off the Nationals have found one in Denard Span. Consider for a moment that in 2010 the Nats team OBP from the lead-off position was .300 flat then dipped below .300 in 2011 rising to a still terrible .325 in 2012 while Denard Span for his career has a .357 OBP. If the Nationals had weaknesses in 2012 it was at the lead-off position and with outfield defense where Michael Morse is a -20.4 UZR/150 left fielder. Bryce Harper will improve on that and Denard Span combined with Harper and Werth will make the Nationals outfield a defensive sight to behold. 

Since I am a little late to the Denard Span party here are a few links from around the web that wrap up the trade nicely from multiple perspectives. 

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