Nationals Have Discussed Trade For Right Fielder

In the wake of losing an everyday outfielder when they released Elijah Dukes, the Nationals have had discussions with several teams about a trade for a right fielder according to MASNSports.com's Ben Goessling. Among the targets: Corey Hart, Kosuke Fukudome, and B.J. Upton.

Goessling says that none of those trade talks have been particularly substantive, but it's clear the Nats aren't necessarily looking for a cheap solution. The two sides weren't able to find a common ground for Hart, and the Nats came away with the impression that the Rays won't move the elder Upton brother unless they fall out of the AL East race this summer. Fukudome still has two years and $26.5MM left on his deal, so he's unlikely to be moved unless the Cubs eat a large portion of that commitment.

Washington feels right field is a thin position around the league, so for now they'll try to get by with a combination of Willie Harris and Willy Taveras. They'll have to hope their defensive skills make up for their collective lack of offense. 


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94 Comments on "Nationals Have Discussed Trade For Right Fielder"


BIGPELF
5 years 4 months ago

who was the orioles pitcher that was release a couple of days or weaks ago????

Guest
5 years 4 months ago

No Orioles pitcher. There was Andino and Moeller who were released but I’m pretty sure they didn’t release a pitcher.

pb111
5 years 4 months ago

Looks like Jai Miller will get a chance at his former team

GrantJones7
5 years 4 months ago

PLEASE TAKE FUKUDOME!!!!

5 years 4 months ago

as long as they take on his conract idc what we get even if its a prospect that has no chance of making the majors get rid of that contract to free up colvin nady fuld jackson etc so we can play the hot hand and try some prospects while nady is recovering

Guest
5 years 4 months ago

I heard the Nats were trying to get Freddy Lewis.

Craig Stammen for Corey Hart?

Guest
5 years 4 months ago

isn’t Lewis on the DL?

Ry_the_Stunner
5 years 4 months ago

Why don’t they just sign Jermaine Dye? He’s still on the market.

Guest
5 years 4 months ago

The Nats aren’t about un-athletics players anymore.

Adam Dunn is a different story.

bjsguess
5 years 4 months ago

Why is Adam Dunn a different story? Dye can give you an OPS of 800 – 850. Dunn is typically good for an OPS around 875 to 925. Both are awful fielders. Dunn is at $12m while Dye could presumably be had for $3m. Seems like if you are big on Dunn you should also like Dye.

Guest
5 years 4 months ago

Because Dunn plays first, means a lot to the Nationals fans, and in my opinion is better than Dye.

Guest
5 years 4 months ago

Dunn’ll walk more, and judging by Dye’s performance in the second half, paired with his age, Dunn’ll even hit for a better average… and he’s pretty much guaranteed AT LEAST 10 more homeruns (10 to 20 more homeruns)

aap212
5 years 4 months ago

That doesn’t mean you have room for two of them.

gwells
5 years 4 months ago

dye *MIGHT* give you a good OPS. but he’s getting old quickly. Dunn is younger and not on a downward trend. Dye dropped off the face of the planet offensively in the second half last season.

sorry, these aren’t comparable guys. there’s a reason dye is still on the FA market.

5 years 4 months ago

To be fair, Dunn is significantly better offensively than Dye. In the past three years, Dunn has been +101.8 RAA with the bat, compared to Dye’s +38.3 RAA for the same time period. That’s over six wins of value, right there.

Also, Dunn is younger, and looked fantastic last season (with the bat, obviously) while Dye showed major signs of decline throughout the season. At this point, Dye might be a poor man’s Dunn, but Dunn is still markedly better.

Personally, it still blows my mind that Dunn has played in the NL for so long. Craziness.

TheCrew
5 years 4 months ago

I’m having trouble thinking of who the brewers would trade hart to the nationals for? Anyone have any ideas?

Guest
5 years 4 months ago

Craig Stammen

XxcujoxX
5 years 4 months ago

At this point, the Brewers should consider a bag of baseballs for Hart!

Yankees10
5 years 4 months ago

Jermaine Dye

5 years 4 months ago

Call the Reds, they’ll be designating Wladimir Balentien for assignment tomorrow.

osfan3000
5 years 4 months ago

The nationals are not trading Stammen so lets get that out of the way…….. I would love for them to pick up Upton. I can see a combination of upton and morgan batting 1 and 2 in the order. 2 speed guys at the top would be awsome. and they both could cover alot of a ground on D.

Guest
5 years 4 months ago

First of all, no way are they dealing Upton.

Second of all, you’d be surprised…The Nationals may in fact deal Stammen if they can get a valuable player in return. With Lannan, Marquis, Strasburg, Zimmerman, and Wang as their soon-to-be rotation, expect them to at least consider trading Craig Stammen.

gwells
5 years 4 months ago

why would you think of stammen as an untouchable? he’s ok, but you’re acting like he’s strasburg. i’m quite comfortable with the thought that they’d trade stammen in a heartbeat if they got good value.

jwsox
5 years 4 months ago

yeah right the rays even think about moving upton he is only making 3 mill and will more than likely get extended if he can bounce back there is no way the rays get rid of him with crawford and pena most likely on the move this season or next winter..keep dreaming nats upton is in tampa to stay

Guest
5 years 4 months ago

Thank you. There is no chance that the Rays deal upton. Not a chance.

Guest
5 years 4 months ago

Not necessarily. The start of the year is very important in determining which way the Rays decide to go. If they struggle out of the get go, they could just decide to restock for another run at the World Series in 2-3 years.

The only reason I say this is because they probably realize that their window of opportunity is closing with the potential losses of Pena and Crawford at the end of the year. If the Yankees and Red Sox get a big lead on the Rays by mid-May, they may decide to look to the future.

If this happens, the Rays could decide that Upton is not part of their future plans. Although he displays get raw talent, he makes silly mistakes and has a very laid-back attitude towards the game. The Rays have already gotten pretty ticked off with him in the past.

I’m not saying that the Rays WILL trade him, it’s just that if they struggle in the beginning of the season and decide to go in a different direction, they MIGHT just trade BJ Upton.

Guest
5 years 4 months ago

I see your points, okay. But if/when they can’t compete they will most likely trade Soriano, Pena, and Crawford. In my opinion, that’s all.

The reason is, I think B.J. Upton is destined to have a huge 2010 season. So they don’t need to unload the whole team when they clearly can still compete even without Crawford and Pena.

So if Upton plays poorly or shows his “laid back” attitude (which let me just tell you has been corrected), I still think they have faith in him. Their young pitching is some of the best in Baseball and I don’t think they are just going to rebuild because Crawford and Pena and Soriano are impending free agents.

They have Desmond Jennings waiting in the wing and have a great farm system otherwise, Fantastic management, and as I said, a young core of talent.

So think about it…What if they were to, just for example, trade Crawford and Soriano for Yonder Alonso and Mark Serrano if the Reds look to make such a move. Then that puts Yonder Alonso in to the group of young talented Rays with Upton, Longoria, Jennings, and so on. They could trade Carlos Pena for (once again, just as an example) for Craig Kimbrel. That builds up the bullpen for the near future.

You see what I’m saying?

aap212
5 years 4 months ago

Why would they trade Crawford and Soriano for Alonso? Alonso’s got no defensive value, a serious platoon split, and hasn’t been off the charts in production elsewhere.

Guest
5 years 4 months ago

Well we’ve got a brand new season almost underway and I expect the Reds to be in it all the way.

aap212
5 years 4 months ago

That doesn’t answer why the Rays would give them players for less than a fair return.

nhsox
5 years 4 months ago

Trade for Fukidome. I want to see Sam Fuld get a chance to play outfield for the Cubs.

bbxxj
5 years 4 months ago

I think the Cubs would move Fukudome to free up some PT for Colvin and Nady before Fuld.

I find it hard to believe they would move Fukudome because of the Japanese PR and the fact that they are far too right handed as it is.

5 years 4 months ago

Cubs traded Sam Fuld to the Yankees. Sorry buddy

BillB325
5 years 4 months ago

no they didnt

AZalltheway
5 years 4 months ago

Since when?

Ry_the_Stunner
5 years 4 months ago

You’re funny.

Apparently you didn’t realize that “rumor” was posted on April 1st as an April Fools Joke.

AZalltheway
5 years 4 months ago

Just Throwing a name out there, But is there any chance at all the Nats land Gary Matthews Jr. from the mets for a very mediocre prospect?

icedrake523
5 years 4 months ago

If only….

AZalltheway
5 years 4 months ago

Another possibility, How about Cody Ross?

5 years 4 months ago

who would be stupid enough to give anything away for matthews? O right the mets…..and im a big met fan

gwells
5 years 4 months ago

can you throw that name a little farther so it goes all the way out of sight? why would anyone do that? the nats have a bunch of mediocre guys who would be better RFs than matthews already.

switchhitingjesus
5 years 4 months ago

If the nats want B.J. Upton, they will end up giving up a decent amount of prospects. They should go after Hart, because they can offer the brewers some of their pitching.

cubs223425
5 years 4 months ago

I would LOVE for them to get Fukudome. If the Cubs could trade him for any semi-useful prospect, that would be awesome. I would rather see Colvin or Fuld in center and Byrd in right.

What about Fukudome for Christian Guzman, then they have a decent bat that can back up SS.

AZalltheway
5 years 4 months ago

I could maybe see that, but the cubs have Castro coming up, Fontenot and baker on the bench, and theriot.

5 years 4 months ago

Sam Fuld was traded to the Yankees

AZalltheway
5 years 4 months ago

Last time I checked he was optioned to triple A Iowa

tuff_gong
5 years 4 months ago

that was an april fools day joke… you should consider reading whole articles, not just headlines…

tuff_gong
5 years 4 months ago

that was an april fools day joke… you should consider reading whole articles, not just headlines

Ry_the_Stunner
5 years 4 months ago

Jesus Christ, Fuld was NOT traded to the Yankees. Gullible lil’ fella’ you are.

5 years 4 months ago

you can say that again

jdg401
5 years 4 months ago

I’d love for a Cubs/Nats trade for Fuku. Opens up playing time for Colvin, frees up salary, and the Cubs could bring Hoffpauir back up. Make it happen!

5 years 4 months ago

You want more playing time for Colvin? I mean, I’m trying to be as optimistic as possible with him, too. But Fukudome has proven to be a pretty solid all-around player, and Colvin still projects as more of a fourth outfielder than an everyday piece.

This article from R.J. on FanGraphs might clear things up a little: http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index.php/tyler-colvins-big-chance/

EdinsonPickle
5 years 4 months ago

This is dumb. They had a good option for RF in Dukes. It was asinine to release him without giving him a chance to redeem himself.

Guest
5 years 4 months ago

He had a long time to redeem himself which he never did.

EdinsonPickle
5 years 4 months ago

He hasn’t really had a long time to do anything. Plus he was making some real headway to get these off the field problems out of the way. The Nationals should have given him a shot to see if he had really straightened himself out rather than depriving themselves of a their starting RFer and a potentially good one at that.

bjsguess
5 years 4 months ago

Apparently not. The Nats wouldn’t have cut him if he was making some real headway.

Dukes is like Bradley. His reputation dictates that he no longer gets the benefit of the doubt. You screw up you get moved. In Dukes case I’ll bet you anything that there were some real red flags that drove this decision.

EdinsonPickle
5 years 4 months ago

That’s a definite possibility, and you may be right but I still think this was done a bit prematurely.

gwells
5 years 4 months ago

i don’t think it was done prematurely, but i think it *WAS* done w/o a decent backup plan. if they saw this as a possibility coming into spring training, it’s ridiculous that they had no real backup plan.

as far as whether dukes is making real headway, note the complete lack of interest from other teams to sign him. the reality was his actual baseball skills weren’t making progress.

EdinsonPickle
5 years 4 months ago

Your right about that Gwells, they probably should have had someone in mind to take over RF when they released Dukes, still I think that since they decided to go into Spring without an alternative plan they should have waited on Dukes a bit longer.

I guess the Nats did have their reasons though

bbxxj
5 years 4 months ago

They have Dunn, Willingham, and Desmond playing the field already so it’s pretty clear defense isn’t an overy huge concern for the Nats so why not bring Dye in?

But if it were me I would go after Fred Lewis. He just makes the most sense.

5 years 4 months ago

Fukudome, Fontenot and Micah Hoffpauir for Christian Guzman and low A baller. Jeff Baker and another scrub for Cla Meredith. Starlin Castro will be up in a matter of weeks. See what Hendry is doing is getting rid of our ”future stars” yeah right. Ronny Cedeno, Felix Pie, Jake Fox, Sam Fuld, Sergio Mitre, ect. and getting the new in. Andrew Cashner, Jay Jackson, Brett Jackson, Starlin Castro, Josh Vitters and Tyler Colvin will all be seeing playing time at one point this year.

Ry_the_Stunner
5 years 4 months ago

And for the third time, Sam Fuld was not gotten rid of, so take him off your list.

5 years 4 months ago

LOL

CubbieKev
5 years 4 months ago

Brett Jackson and Vitter are not anywhere near ready yet. I would love to see them get rid od Fududome and about 60% of is contract.

tuff_gong
5 years 4 months ago

I would be pretty shocked if either jackson or vitters see time in the majors this season…probably not cashner either… some might be brought up when rosters expand, but that harldy counts as “playing time”

5 years 4 months ago

Anyone ever think that Carlos Marmol maybe can be traded to the twins and either Samardzija or Cashner can take over the closers role. I doubt the Cubs will do anything this year.

BIGPELF
5 years 4 months ago

btw mets fans read this omar messege to the fans after the 06 playoffs
Talking with WFAN a few moments ago, Mets GM Omar Minaya had the following to say to his team’s fans…

“We are getting ready, as of today, we’re getting ready and focused to put the best product out there on the field going in to ‘07…

“We are committed from ownership to front office to anybody who works in our organization to give the fans a product that they can be proud of…

“Our standards is to have a first-class organization that our city and our fans can be proud of…

“I can tell you that this morning, when I woke up, after going to sleep last night, if you wanna call that sleep, the first thing going through my mind was: how do we get better. I already got scouts lined up, I talked to some general managers and we are in work mode as of this moment for ‘07…

“Our fans can rest assured that we well be there exploring all opportunities on how to get better – and not just to get to the playoffs, because getting to the playoffs is not the goal, it’s winning the World Series, that’s the goal.”…