Morosi On Nationals, Angels, Pirates, White Sox

The Nationals will win the NL East this year, Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports writes. Bryce Harper appears to have solved the team's center field dilemma in the short term and the team's run prevention has been tremendous. General manager Mike Rizzo says his team's first half success isn't a fluke. “I’m very pleased with it — don’t get me wrong — but I’m not shocked by it," he told Morosi. Here are more of Morosi’s notes from around MLB:

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  1. formerdraftpick 3 years ago

    I’m happy that the Pirates are finally starting to get it together.  A nice miracle year by Grilli and McCutchen are making things happen. The addition of Drew Sutton is surprisingly making an impact.  Let’s see if the bullpen holds up.

    • Thizzie 3 years ago

      Grilli is a bulldog!  Hurdle gave him a shot in Colorado a few years ago too and he pitched well…

      • mrsjohnmiltonrocks 3 years ago

         No kidding.  His emergence as a stud actually began last season.  I love watching him because he never beats himself with bad pitches.

        The Pirates back end of the bullpen is starting to remind me of the dominance of the Padres bullpen of a few season back with Gregerson/Adams/Bell shut down everyone just about every single day.

  2. Dakota Darkhorse 3 years ago

    I agree, it’ll be nice to hopefully see newly good teams like the Pirates, Orioles, Blue Jays, and Nationals in the playoffs this year, fans of those teams deserve it.

    • ARod's Ring 3 years ago

      No one deserves anything, you earned it.

    • Hopefully the Mets make it this year they deserve it more than anyone in the east (except for Washington)

      • PClark91 3 years ago

        How does Washington deserve something? It boggles my mind. Is it because they have finished in last ever year and now, because sports rewards the annual losers with the #1 draft pick, that they’ve finally entered first place? They’re picks of Strasburg and Harper were no brainers to even the most lazy baseball fan. If anything, with a new park, the ability to spend in free agency the money the new park is making from the attendance in “fans” (a term i use very loosely since Washington already allowed a baseball team to leave years ago, so seriously, how dedicated are these fans) and they’re abundance of top draft choices, they should be in first.

        • Guest 3 years ago

          before i get all over you and correct you on multiple accounts, who is your team?

  3. Why does there seem to be this perception in Los Angeles that Bourjos has so much trade value? Don’t get me wrong, he’s got Shane Victorino-like talent, but the trade rumors the writers make up seem to exaggerate his value.

    • Thizzie 3 years ago

      I don’t think he is that awesome or anything either but then again he could go off in that tiny yard in Philly. 
      So basically I don’t really know but I don’t think he has the value that is thrown out there either.

    • mrsjohnmiltonrocks 3 years ago

       A lot of teams could use a speedy center fielder. 

    • BK 3 years ago

      Its 3 months of Hamels with NO pick compensation if he flys the coop.  The Phils would be lucky to get Borjous and a B level prospect.

      • PClark91 3 years ago

        Why would they be lucky to get only Bourjos?  Teams have given up so much more for a rental player. Look at the Rangers with Cliff Lee when they gave up a big prospect in Smoak.

    • Lunchbox45 3 years ago

      4.3 WAR in his first full season in the bigs at CF. How is that not a ton of trade value

  4. ARod's Ring 3 years ago

    I would be scared to death if the Yankees have to face a rotation of:

    1- Weaver
    2- Hamels
    3- Wilson
    4- Haren

    in the playoffs.

    • the_show 3 years ago

      Haren has been pretty weak this year no reason to fear him

    •  haren has pitched ok this year and wilson we know cant pitch in the big playoff games.

      • Colin Christopher 3 years ago

        Haren has NOT “pitched ok this year.” He’s given up four or more earned runs in over half of his starts, and he’s being hit hard almost every time.
        Wilson pitched really well in three of four postseason starts in 2010. One rough postseason (2011) doesn’t mean a guy “can’t pitch in the big playoff games.” If that was the case, the Braves never would have started John Smoltz in the postseason after 1995.

    • Thizzie 3 years ago

      Pretty cool Trout and Trumbo are going to be at the All-Star game, them two and Weaver are the best players on that team.

    • don’t forget Santana too!

  5. Henduck 3 years ago

    The Pirates will absolutely still listen to offers on Correia even though they’re in contention.  They have three guys in AAA poised to take his spot anyhow.  

    • Mark Ludwig 3 years ago

      Exactly…the reports saying the Pirates wanted to deal Correia didn’t come from the Pirates looking to sell off an asset, they came from the fact that Correia is a terrible pitcher. If the Pirates really are a “contender” this season, they certainly shouldn’t be comfortable running a starter out there every 5 days with a 5.25 FIP and 3.45 K/9…maybe they bring up Jeff Locke or Justin Wilson to take his place or they might look to trade for an upgrade like Matt Garza or Anibal Sanchez. In any case, trading Correia certainly shouldn’t be seen as the Pirates “selling” at the deadline…

    • mrsjohnmiltonrocks 3 years ago

       I would hope so.  I see Correia as the weak link.  If Morton hadn’t been lost for the season, I think he would have been the first one out of the rotation.  If they could get a better pitcher, or if they deem one of the youngster ready, they should have no problem telling him bye.

      • bigpat 3 years ago

         Correia is fine as a fifth starter, but that’s about it. He can’t keep the ball in the park or strike guys out, but he gets quick outs and can go at least 6 innings a start.

    • bigpat 3 years ago

       Is Erik Bedard any better than Correia right now?

      At least Correia can make it 6 innings or so. Bedard has been good for giving up 3 or 4 runs and barely making it 5 innings. He started off pretty well but just isn’t pitching well right now. Thinking he may be better served out of the bullpen, and I’d like to see the Pirates bring in someone like Hamels, Greinke, or Anibal Sanchez to replace Bedard or Correia.

      • johnsilver 3 years ago

         Have to wait another 2-3 weeks on Anibel now after the Fish just got Lee. Loria is clearly looking for that last WC desperately and will probably hang onto him until near the end of the month to see if the Fish have a chance before moving him now.

      • Mark Ludwig 3 years ago

        In 9 starts since leaving with back spasms, Bedard has gone 6+ five times. In his last 9 starts, Correia has gone 6+ five times. People are simply focusing on Bedard as this week’s whipping boy because Tabata just got demoted so they needed a new target. Bedard needs to pitch better but he’s fine as a 3-4 starter. KC is a trainwreck waiting to happen.

        Also, Hamels and Greinke are sure to be cost far more in a trade than the Pirates should be willing to give up. Sanchez, while still costly, might be a decent target, but I’m not sure the Fish are willing to be “sellers,” at least not yet.

        • bigpat 3 years ago

          I think Bedard and Correia are each pretty inconsistent with their starts, can’t really say who is better. Just because Bedard gets strikeouts doesn’t make him a solid starter. 82 innings in essentially 15 starts is pretty bad however you want to look at it, and the innings aren’t quality enough to make up for the work he makes the bullpen do.

          Correia is not much better in terms of innings, but is slightly better. He works quick but has no out pitch to speak of while Bedard takes 30 seconds to pitch and nibbles around the strike zone.

          Also, regarding Sanchez I’ve been bringing his name up because I don’t understand why he’s not coming up in any rumors. I know Miami isn’t ready to give up on the season yet, but there have been no steps towards getting Sanchez signed long term, and they have a lot of money already invested in their rotation so I figured he’d be a natural trade candidate at some point.

        • mrsjohnmiltonrocks 3 years ago

           Bedard can also strike batters out.  Correia simply can’t.

          Bedard is what he is-he’s going to always be an injury risk and he’s going to run up high pitch counts.  He’s not comfortable pitching to contact, and that’s been true his whole career.

  6. Thizzie 3 years ago

    Haren is nasty but sure does give up the dingers.

  7. To think we wouild not move Kevin Correia is almost laughable. He has no long term future with us plus we have 3 guys in AAA who should get a look to see if 2 of them can become our 4 and 5 guys next season all 3 of the AAA guys are soli LHP with Willson being able to reach 95 with ease. I dont think we would get anything more than a bag of balls fo Kevin.

  8. I dont think any team should give up 4 or 5 propsects for rentals period

    • Guest 3 years ago

       i wouldnt give up more than 2, unless they were fringe-prospects

  9. so the Nationals have won the divison excuse me but the Mets have played hard this season too and are only 4.5 back shut it John.

    • mrsjohnmiltonrocks 3 years ago

       Really.  How about those Mets!  I didn’t see that coming-and I probably can’t name more than 5 members on their team.

      It’s why I love baseball.  You can look at the teams on paper, know who’s going to be good and who isn’t, then they play the game and everyone ends up wrong!

    • Lunchbox45 3 years ago

      They will still finish in last place.

  10. dunt 3 years ago

    Kenny-Please go out a get a solid veteran or two for the pen! Balfour, Street, K Rod, someone that can help solidify the bullpen for the stretch run

    • mrsjohnmiltonrocks 3 years ago

       That would be a good move for the White Sox.  K Rod would be good here because he can close too if necessary.

  11. David Silverwood 3 years ago

    Pirates are in first, a.Reds gm fails to see problems or he has no solution,b.Pirate field staff better than Reds (Hurdle under-rated,Baker over rated) THIS RED FAN says good job Pirates, but nothing has been finalized yet.

  12. Greatone1210 3 years ago

    Correia is a trade candidate if used in a package deal. I think we need to go after someone with a good OBP but not sell the farm for them. I definitely don’t think we go “all in” this year. I’d rather keep building this team up to compete for years not just one year.

  13. Bourjos and Scott Downs for Jeremy Hefner and Justin Hampson

  14. cookmeister 3 years ago

    Angels fans are a little too high on Bourjos.  has anybody notice that he hasn’t played the last few months?  no reason to keep him on the bench when you can package him and others to get a premium player in return.  Trout will command CF for years, and i would imagine Trumbo will stay out there as well from now on.  I dont know a ton about what is fair value in trades and what not, but how about..

    Bourjos, Richards, Cron, and one more lower prospect for Hamels?  Like i said, dont know much about trades, just throwing out an idea

    • Jack813 3 years ago

      Doubtful the angels would trade Richards considering he’s the only true major league ready pitching prospect they have. Also would hate to Bourjos leave the Angels, he’s not Mike Trout but is more than capably defensively. The future of the Angels outfield will be bourjos, trout, and trumbo throwing in Wells as a backup. Would love to have Hamels just don’t think the Angels are going to be able to sign Hamels long term unless they can get rid of Santana and Wells first. 

  15. BK 3 years ago

    Again, absolutely not.  This is a rentals with less palatable terms than pre-CBA rentals due to lack of draft pick compensation.  I think the reason it is taking so long as that all the smarter GMs are negotiating from this new position while the ones holding the ML trade assets are having trouble swallowing the reducing returns.

  16. bergeraj 3 years ago

     Your right about any team trading for Hamels will not be compensated but what makes you think the Phillies will let him go when THEY WILL get compensated if they hold on to him?  They will ask for what they feel is enough to give up the additional picks and draft cap room…  Why does everyone think they wont get anything of value?

  17. BK 3 years ago

    They will indeed acquire value, but relative to value acquired for a rental in years past, it is likely to be substantially less.  

  18. bergeraj 3 years ago

    Just seems no 1 is looking at the the $$$ the Phillies will have for the draft if they get a 1st and a supp for Hamels departing.  IMO if the Phillies will trade him they will only do it if they get a blue chipper, an A plus, and 2 B/C’s in return.  I know it will be a hard pill to swallow but its either that or nothing.  Keeping a top 5 salary player have a lot more value for holding team than trading them so it has to work for both sides.  Either give up what the Phillies want or try and win without him!

  19. Bourjos and Downs for Edgin and Valdespin

  20. PClark91 3 years ago

    Bourjos, no way… If the Angels wanted Hamels, they have to give up Trumbo.

  21. Guest 3 years ago

    When Harper’s 21 Gio’s 28, zimm’s 29, Stras is 25, JZimm is 28, Storen is 26?  Okay.

    And hey, you started it haha

  22. Guest 3 years ago

    yo i got a legitimate question i have always they call “canadian bacon” just regular “bacon” in canada?

  23. Lunchbox45 3 years ago

    depends on where you are in the country. bigger cities you have to call it canadian bacon

  24. Lunchbox45 3 years ago

    what does that have to to with the mets ? wow.

  25. Guest 3 years ago

     the mets..?  when did they come into this discussion haha

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