Nationals Expressed Interest In Haren, Quentin

The Nationals have expressed interest in Dan Haren and inquired on Carlos Quentin, according to Bill Ladson of Quentin isn't available, but the Nats' interest in that pair of players, plus Edwin Jackson and David DeJesus shows that GM Mike Rizzo has an aggressive approach to the trade deadline. The 34-44 Nationals could be buyers or sellers, but Rizzo has identified the organization’s most pressing need.

"Our biggest need now and at the trade deadline is starting pitching," Rizzo said. 

Like most GMs, Rizzo is reluctant to describe his team as sellers or buyers at this point. Perhaps the Nationals will be neither and continue making deals like the Nyjer Morgan trade, which was completed one year ago today. Adam Dunn and Josh Willingham are among the Nationals drawing interest on the trade market, so Rizzo will have chances to buy and sell over the course of the next month.

33 Responses to Nationals Expressed Interest In Haren, Quentin Leave a Reply

  1. RiverKKiller999 5 years ago

    Nat’s are gonna make a big push for 4th place :)

    • $1529282 5 years ago

      Either one would go a long way beyond helping their team in 2010.

      • mrsjohnmiltonrocks 5 years ago

        I’m with you. It’s not about 4th place. It’s about building a team beyond this year. All of those players would be under team control or are already under contract for more than 2010. I say go for it. Just don’t break the bank or trade vital pieces that are necessary for the future.

    • souldrummer 5 years ago

      You could be a little bit nicer to us since we seem to at least do a better job of beating the Mets than we do the Braves when we’re making stabs at respectability.

      • RiverKKiller999 5 years ago

        It was sarcasm .

        • souldrummer 5 years ago

          Next time I’ll put a smiley face on my comment. I think I got where you were going. I was aiming for self-deprecating humor more than a beatdown.

  2. i hope Rizzo makes some great deals. i am liking the names im hearing. Nothing else really to say yet cause all of these are speculations of rumors.

  3. fitz 5 years ago

    Nice to hear about the Nationals as potential buyers.

    • Wainwrights_Curveball 5 years ago

      I know, isn’t it weird to see that?

      Barring some spectacular run between now and the trade deadline in which the Nats are able so somehow catch the Braves, I don’t think they should be aggressive in buying this season. I just don’t see the need to trade future pieces of the franchise away right now. If they have needs to fill, the Lerner family has been willing to open up the check-books and help the Nats address their holes through FA acquisitions.

      This team is going to be very interesting to watch next year.

      • souldrummer 5 years ago

        The Nats are most likely going to stand pat. To move Willingham or Dunn, they will need to get back at least a top 75 prospect who they can sell to their fan base as a key piece for no later than 2012. They don’t want to continue to embarass themselves in Strasburg starts and lose out on the potential season ticket bump that they can get if they can even manage a 70 win season. They have to have something that they can sell as short term progress.

  4. Your never taking Q away never, ever, never, ever. I won’t let him go.

  5. klassic 5 years ago

    Quentin and Jordan Danks for Dunn. lol

    • foxtown 5 years ago

      I’ll make that trade right now (from whitesox perspective)

  6. NYBravosFan10 5 years ago

    The Nationals aren’t going to be buyers. That’s not how it works. Teams like them give up their big stars in order to get young guns to help them later. Unless you’re the Marlins then you just do it anyway regardless of winning or losing. The fact that Hanley, Uggla, and Cantu have been around so long is shocking.

  7. jwsox 5 years ago

    the only way carlos gets delt to anyone is if we get a top tier prospect in return who is close to major league ready…if dunn was 2 years younger than maybe dunn for calor straight up…Or if andruw jones decides he wants to play like he did at the beginning of the season for a full season then/ jordan danks can prove he can hit major league pitchers then maybe you deal carlos but still there is no way the nats could get him we would need a young top prospect for TCQ, he is second on the teams in RBis, his home runs and average are climbing every week why in the world would kenny williams part with a fan favorite in carlos unless he was getting something good in return

    • Ricky Bones 5 years ago

      Adam Dunn presents far more danger to the opposing team than Carlos Quentin. Quentin defines the terms “streaky” and “injury prone.”

      “Unless he was getting something good in return”? Evidently, a left handed batter who hits 40 homers & takes 100 walks is a bum.

      • Wainwrights_Curveball 5 years ago

        Dunn can get pretty streaky too, but otherwise, I certainly agree with you.

        • gwells 5 years ago

          dunn’s really no more streaky than any other MLB player. but he’s certainly not tremendously streaky or prone to especially long slumps. as far as a hitter goes, he’s reasonably consistent.

    • aap212 5 years ago

      I think Jordan Danks needs to prove he can hit minor league pitching before he can prove he can hit major league pitching.

    • aap212 5 years ago

      I think Jordan Danks needs to prove he can hit minor league pitching before he can prove he can hit major league pitching.

  8. nationals are also intrested in Jeter, Rivera, cliff lee, Pedroia, and lebron james.

    • Wainwrights_Curveball 5 years ago

      LeBron could probably ring it up on the pitchers mound and play a mean RF. He’d also bat .320/.370/.540. What an athlete that LeBron James feller is. ^_^

      • lebron was seen playing ss in a pick up softball game with his friends according to mike and mike lol

      • lebron was seen playing ss in a pick up softball game with his friends according to mike and mike lol

  9. Guest 5 years ago

    Haren to the Nats would be idiotic.

  10. Guest 5 years ago

    Haren to the Nats would be idiotic.

  11. dire straits 5 years ago

    The Nats are showing the Dodgers’ front office how your mindset should be even when your team is playing horribly.

  12. $1529282 5 years ago

    Trade makes no sense for either team.

    The Mariners will want young pieces for the future for Lee. If they want Dunn, they can just sign him in the offseason. No sense trading something that can land you a Top 50 MLB prospect plus a few other highly regarded prospects just to get a different 3 month rental.

    Lee will go to Minnesota or New York, and I can see Dunn ending up an Angel.

  13. jdub220 5 years ago

    That seems pretty unfair for the M’s.

  14. Wainwrights_Curveball 5 years ago

    I could see the Yankees being a dark horse team for Dunn. He’d be an immediate upgrade at DH.

  15. souldrummer 5 years ago

    Personally, that’s what I want to see. The Angels have the prospects, but they also have the need with Morales hurt. Trade Dunn to the AL, let him contribute to a stretch drive and be forced to his proper DH role with the strike of a pen.

  16. souldrummer 5 years ago

    Serious on this? What’s the Yankees pen like? They might have a greater need for Capps than Dunn. Nats must sell Capps and should sell Dunn if they want to address their longer term needs. Upper minors are Danny Espinosa (who hasn’t hit but so well in the Eastern League), Chris Marrero (who has only recently risen from the ashes), and Derek Norris at high A. The only potential impact arm is 3rd starter ceiling Brad Meyers who has spent too much time injured this year.

  17. Wainwrights_Curveball 5 years ago

    What would the Yankees be willing to give up for Capps?

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