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Trade deadline day: 1 hour to go

Jul 31, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

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Mike Rizzo may not be on his phone that much today.

Updated at 3:00 p.m.

There are, depending on which direction the wind is blowing at any given moment, 18 teams with a halfway legitimate shot at reaching baseball's postseason right now. And nearly every one of those 18 teams is looking to make — or already has made — a move to bolster its chances down the stretch before today's 4 p.m. trade deadline passes.

Just look at some of the National League's top contenders. The Braves tried to get Ryan Dempster and Zack Greinke, failed on both counts and then last night scooped up Paul Maholm and Reed Johnson from the Cubs.

The Dodgers pulled off a major trade last week in snagging Hanley Ramirez from the fire-selling Marlins, then late last night added reliever Brandon League from Seattle. Their NL West rivals, the Giants, got Marco Scutaro from the Rockies and now have been linked in talks to acquire either Hunter Pence or Alfonso Soriano.

The red-hot Reds are rumored to be interested in Matt Garza. While the surprising Pirates, who already traded for Wandy Rodriguez last week,Read more »

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  1. Tcostant - Jul 31, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    PrAA you are incorrect. I've heard Phil Wood offen mention a mutual option and it is also noted here on the Nationals own website:http://washington.nationals.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120103&content_id=26259330&vkey=news_was&c_id=was

  2. MicheleS - Jul 31, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    Twitter is getting really snarky about the Fire Sale the phillies are having. Just some hilarious photo shop pictures and fake trades.

  3. Ron In Reston - Jul 31, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    Hey Michelle, where on the 106.7 site did you see the thing about the Harper kids' baseball clinic?

  4. peric - Jul 31, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    PrAA you are incorrect. And then some. He's also an Orioles troll like Poopy_McPoop.

  5. MicheleS - Jul 31, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    Ron,They had a commercial for it on the radio, but I don't see anything on the website yet. Will fish around and see if I can find anything

  6. peric - Jul 31, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    Reds and Twins discussing Span. Looks like Corey Brown has sold the FO enough to hold off on that deal.

  7. Tcostant - Jul 31, 2012 at 5:57 PM

    Secition 222 -A mutual option usually works something like this (I'm making up the numbers).1 – Player wants to stay, team say go [usually a buyout is included, lets say $1M] 2 – Team say stay, player wants out [No buyout due]3 Team and Player want to stay [Option picked up, lets say $12M]4 – Both the player and team agree to move on [Become a free agent, a buy-out, may or may not be due depending on contract]

  8. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    Ron, I think you are talking about this camp in August for Bryce. Its already sold-out. http://www.procamps.com/bryceharper

  9. kjt807 - Jul 31, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    "Adam LaRoche 1b2 years/$16M (2011-12), plus 2013 mutual option 2 years/$16M (2011-12), plus 2013 mutual option signed by Washington as a free agent 1/4/11 11:$7M, 12:$8M, 13:$10M mutual option ($1M buyout)"http://www.baseballprospectus.com/compensation/cots/?page_id=150Baseball Prospectus says Laroche has a 2013 mutual option. They tend to be a pretty reliable source.

  10. Section 222 - Jul 31, 2012 at 6:09 PM

    My kingdom for an "ignore" feature :/ Oh who will rid me of these meddlesome posters?

  11. natsfan1a - Jul 31, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    Looks like the Pence deal is official.(And the scroll bar is our friend.)

  12. Section 222 - Jul 31, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    Thanks for the mutual option explanations. I tend to agree that ALR will want to build on this season with a long term contract that the Nats probably won't offer him. On the other hand, if the Nats make the playoffs, he may want to stick around and take his chances on having another good contract year. Or maybe he'll be willing to do another two year contract with the Nats. Money isn't everything and World Series rings don't grow on trees.

  13. sm13 - Jul 31, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    Rangers are now desperate for pitching with Colby Lewis down and Oswalt looking awful last night.

  14. natsfan1a - Jul 31, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    Phan blog reaction to the Phire sale here (although it's actually just kinda sad).

  15. JD - Jul 31, 2012 at 6:19 PM

    Amaro is actually doing pretty well today. Shedding big contracts and adding prospects. Unfortunately for him he's got about 8 more crazy contracts to deal with.

  16. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    JD said… Amaro is actually doing pretty well today. Shedding big contracts and adding prospects. Unfortunately for him he's got about 8 more crazy contracts to deal with. Its unreal and luckily Ryan Howard, Utley, Rollins and Halladay should keep them buried a little longer.Besides Mayberry, who's starting tonight in their outfield?

  17. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2012 at 6:22 PM

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  18. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    Polanco is hurt so they will deal him probably as a waiver claim when he returns healthy. Wonder if someone gets Cliff Lee.

  19. natsfan1a - Jul 31, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    As noted, my comment related to Phan reaction.

  20. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    I guess Nate Schierholtz will be in the OF with Mayberry and a callup.

  21. Section 222 - Jul 31, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    Besides Mayberry, who's starting tonight in their outfield? Sounds like maybe Dominic Brown (scratched from the Iron Pigs (AAA) lineup) and Nate Schierholz (obtained from Giants in Pence trade) if he can get here on time.Oh how the mighty have fallen.

  22. JD - Jul 31, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    Ghost, Lee contract probably to complicated to trade in mid season. I think Pierre starts in the outfield unless he too gets traded.

  23. JD - Jul 31, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    No way Schirholtz makes it in time for the game tonight. He just got traded and it's a 5 hour flight.

  24. rogieshan - Jul 31, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    I know it's a small sample size, but has anyone else noticed how ridiculously well Xavier Paul is doing in Cincy? I'm all for the club staying pat for the sake of team chemistry. I just hope we have a fully healthy 25-man roster come October and that our bench players have learned to bunt.

  25. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    JD, I think Pierre is rumored to be traded also by 4:30 and Schierholtz may make it by 5th inning if he gets a private jet. Maybe Laynce Nix will be out there with Mayberry.Can't remember the last time I can remember a reigning Division winner having a fire sale as abruptly and then trading 2 of its starting outfielders on the same day.I have to say I am loving it!

  26. Section 222 - Jul 31, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    Hey, that's a first. I think I had comment No. 222! Leaving shortly for the Anthem soundcheck at Nats Park. Looks like it will only be 84 degrees at gametime. Nice! Our comp seats are in Section 116, Row EE. Feel free to say hello if you're in the vicinity.

  27. peric - Jul 31, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    I know it's a small sample size, but has anyone else noticed how ridiculously well Xavier Paul is doing in Cincy? He was doing extremely well in Syracuse but not even close to Corey Brown. Plus, at the time prospect Erik Komatsu was returned. Both are left-handed bats. Now Perez is in that outfield. There was no room for him and he realized that. He seemed like a better option than Rick Ankiel given his bat but Nats management picked Ankiel again. So, he asked for his release and signed with Cincinnati.

  28. Don - Jul 31, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    Hey all. Long time no post. Do you think Billy Ripken does not liek the Nats in part becasue of how shabbily the organization treated all time O grest Frank Robinson? Anyway, I hope Rizzo adds the back-up catcher if nothing else. Another SP might be nice as if Gio or Zimnn has any kind of bump in the road down the strech the club would be pretty thin at SP when Stras is on the shelf. We'll see.dfh21

  29. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    What do they do in Philly for Hunter Pence Bobblehead day on August 21st?

  30. do1teach1 - Jul 31, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    It is amazing to witness the Phils' fire sale. Wow.In 2009 I would sit at Nats Park, looking at the lineups of a Nats-Phils game, and conclude that the Phils were better than us at 8 of 9 positions on the field. It was dread. This happened when lots of other teams visited also.What a reversal. Tonight we'll be stronger at at least 7 of 9 positions in the lineup.I will be leading "Where's Victorino?" and "Where is Pence?" cheers, if anyone wants to join in.

  31. peric - Jul 31, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    Schierholtz may make it by 5th inning if he gets a private jet. Maybe Laynce Nix will be out there with Mayberry.Domonic Brown recalled from AAA to replace Pence. Mayberry moves to CF. Tommy Joseph becomes the Phillie's Derrick Norris and he goes to Reading. The Phillies are copying the Nats.

  32. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    dfh21, that was Kasten who didn't get along with Frank. I think Billy think he would affect his autograph value if he jumped on the Nats bandwagon since he still earns a lot of his money in Charm Sh-ity.

  33. peric - Jul 31, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    Hmmm Baseball Reference everyone's favorite WAR tome said that it was a team option … who was it that was saying they though Baseball Reference was the gospel? And Fangraphs wasn't?

  34. JD - Jul 31, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    Don't let the quiet fool you. Rizzo always takes it to the last minute. I am sure he has something brewing.

  35. peric - Jul 31, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    Amaro is actually doing pretty well today. Shedding big contracts and adding prospects. Unfortunately for him he's got about 8 more crazy contracts to deal with.Everyone, with the exceptions of Stan Kasten and Sabean are copying the Nats. What the Phillies are doing makes a lot of sense. Why not strike now while the iron is hot and values are high? The new CBA inspired by the Nationals plethora of top over-slot signings has put a crimp in plans to use the draft as a vehicle to rebuild now teams must turn to trades to acquire good prospects to go with the few top prospects they might draft. Plus, there's International.

  36. A DC Wonk - Jul 31, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    How'd you like to be a Cole Hamels or a Jose Reyes, signing a big contract right before a fire sale. Ouch.

  37. peric - Jul 31, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    Don't let the quiet fool you. Rizzo always takes it to the last minute. I am sure he has something brewing.Rizzo is known for driving a hard bargain and over valuing his prospects. Just Billy Beane has convinced him to part with any so far …

  38. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Jul 31, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    @Don. Welcome back. Billy Ripken is just anti-Washington. It might stem from a number of factors, including the F. Robby snub by StanK. I think it's just his Baltimore axis tilting away from D.C. I think he's extremely knowledgeable otherwise; he just seems to have a blind spot toward D.C. I can understand his skepticism about the Nats for the first month or two of the season. But we've played 101 games and have the best record in the majors. I think the Nats deserve a little more praise than his backhanded good-little team comment last night. He's fast losing credibility with me.

  39. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2012 at 6:57 PM

    There are nervous GMs right now as the waiver wire trades doesn't give GMs the same leverage.Down to liar's poker and seeing who will blink first on all the sales.I truly believe that the Phillies weren't sellers until they were swept by the Braves this week. How quickly things change and I wish that franchise more bad luck in the future because their fanbase sucks.

  40. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago reporting Dempster would approve trades to NYY, Dodgers and Texas.No mention of Nats which could be easily explained as they have NO interest in him.

  41. JD - Jul 31, 2012 at 7:03 PM

    Pirates acquire Gaby Sanchez. Nice pickup and more dumping by the Marlin Carpet beggars.

  42. peric - Jul 31, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    Zach Cox to the Marlins? I am pretty impressed with some of the moves the Marlins, Astros, and Phillies have made … not to mention the Cubs and RedSox. The Nats will have some real competition at the top very soon. I was hoping the Phan busses would disappear into the sunset … no such luck it seems. And the Marlins are rebuilding themselves the right way as opposed to what they tried to do in the offseason which was pretty ridiculous..

  43. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    Marlins just traded Edward Mujica to the Cardinals.

  44. JD - Jul 31, 2012 at 7:06 PM

    Ghost, I don't think so re the Phills. They had to shed payroll to avoid a huge payroll tax. I don't think Amaro is foolish enough to have thought that they were in the race before the Brave series.

  45. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    Corey Brown back to AAA to make room for Tracy. Davey keeps 8 man pen

  46. peric - Jul 31, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    Gabby Sanchez to Pirates for Gorkys Hernandez -> Marlins.

  47. peric - Jul 31, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    Corey Brown back to AAA to make room for Tracy. Davey keeps 8 man penGuess he is figuring Brown is better off playing everyday … but then so is Tyler Moore who needs reps in the outfield.

  48. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    Gabby Sanchez went from budding star to a castoff on Marlin's Island.

  49. peric - Jul 31, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    No defensive replacement for Bernadina and Harper until Werth gets recalled. Have to figure Tyler Moore gets optioned next.

  50. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    JD said… Ghost,I don't think so re the Phills. They had to shed payroll to avoid a huge payroll tax. I don't think Amaro is foolish enough to have thought that they were in the race before the Brave series. July 31, 2012 3:06 PM Certainly after the season they had to do something. Its just great to watch. Pierre should be traded soon.Papelbon made a great choice going there. That guy fits so well with their fanbase.Again, I'm lovin' it!

  51. peric - Jul 31, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    Soriano looks headed to the Tigers to join the Prince.

  52. peric - Jul 31, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    Scott Breslow from Diamondbacks -> BoSox for Scott Posednik and Matt Albars. (Breslow Bobby V. pal)

  53. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    Guillen, Gilligan, Gilligan's Island.Guillen said, "I hope that with the players we have, I dont screw it up the way I have in the past."Not sure what that means.

  54. MicheleS - Jul 31, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    Don/DFH21.. I missed you.Ron. 106.7 is going to do some type of sign up. I will keep a watch on the web and post when I see it.

  55. djinFl. - Jul 31, 2012 at 7:16 PM

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  56. djinFl. - Jul 31, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    From the Phila. Inq.WASHINGTON — Reality will sink in sometime around 7 p.m. Tuesday when the team with baseball's best record opposes another now playing for nothing in 2012. The Nationals and Phillies have traded places, and it is so fitting they meet on this day, when the white flag was raised in Philadelphia.

  57. peric - Jul 31, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    Soriano, Garza, and Dempster still up in the air for Cubs. I wonder about the Nats jumping in there on Garza not Dempster. He's only 28 and would make a nice replacement for EJax if he is planning on departing.

  58. JD - Jul 31, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    'Soriano looks headed to the Tigers to join the Prince'. Add Victor Martinez and you have 5 DH's in that lineup.

  59. peric - Jul 31, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    'Soriano looks headed to the Tigers to join the Prince'.Add Victor Martinez and you have 5 DH's in that lineup.Soriano is in excellent shape and has been fielding better. He's not a DH yet.

  60. peric - Jul 31, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    Jonathan Broxton from Royals to Reds.

  61. peric - Jul 31, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    Nats have improved. They just swapped Chad Tracy for Corey Brown. Not sure that's an improvement though … Davey is taking a big risk given all the moves the contenders have made …The good news is they haven't lost any of the future … but the Nats could end up further down in terms of top franchise's prospect wise. Two or three teams have improved themselves dramatically in terms of prospects.

  62. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2012 at 7:36 PM

    MicheleS said… Don/DFH21.. I missed you.Ron. 106.7 is going to do some type of sign up. I will keep a watch on the web and post when I see it. I posted up the ProCamps.com link and called them and was told it was sold out but maybe 106.7 has spots reserved for themselves.

  63. MicheleS - Jul 31, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    Happy for Gabby Sanchez. He deserves better than the Fish

  64. MicheleS - Jul 31, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    Ghost, the commercial said they were going to do some type of sign up/drawing for it.

  65. JD - Jul 31, 2012 at 7:44 PM

    Peric, I am less impressed with the prospects traded than you are. Philly did well to get Joseph especially since Pence was over paid and is mediocre. Florida's haul, not so much.

  66. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    MicheleS said… Ghost, the commercial said they were going to do some type of sign up/drawing for it.It says on the website:Boys & Girls Ages 6 to 14 Darn, I wanted to go!

  67. fresh2death1997 - Jul 31, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    Am i the only one that thinks we need Stoppach?

  68. MicheleS - Jul 31, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    Ghost, can you post the link from 1067.7. I couldn't find it??? Ron has a child and others might as well. Always trying to grow the fan base ;-)

  69. JD - Jul 31, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    fresh,We need someone to catch the ball.

  70. peric - Jul 31, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    Florida's haul, not so much.Not even Zach Cox?

  71. peric - Jul 31, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    Looks like the Dodgers are out on Dempster now the Yankees are in the mix.

  72. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2012 at 7:52 PM

    The smoke just cleared on Guillen's Island and the Skipper and Josh Johnson are still on it with high priced Free Agents Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle and that great closer they got!

  73. fresh2death1997 - Jul 31, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    6 minutes left, any deals are gonna be made?

  74. peric - Jul 31, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    The smoke just cleared on Guillen's Island and the Skipper and Josh Johnson Pretty close to Giggleman's Islands and Blue Wahoo land.

  75. JD - Jul 31, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    From what I read about Zach Cox he won't hit enough to play 3rd base and he's not a good enough fielder to play 2nd. Not a great prospect.

  76. peric - Jul 31, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    6 minutes left, any deals are gonna be made?Dempster -> Yankees Cubs are likely desperate now.

  77. peric - Jul 31, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    Dempster -> Rangers! Holy Moley what a trade deadline!

  78. MicheleS - Jul 31, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    Dempster to Rangers? WOW, they actually need him.

  79. JD - Jul 31, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    Dempster to the Rangers.

  80. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    Rangers got Dempster after false report it was NYY

  81. peric - Jul 31, 2012 at 8:00 PM

    DEADLINE. That's it.

  82. MicheleS - Jul 31, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    And nada from the Nats. I am liking this.

  83. Knoxville Nat - Jul 31, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    Dempster to the Rangers?

  84. fresh2death1997 - Jul 31, 2012 at 8:04 PM

    You like it? Reds and Pirates got stronger. we did nothing. we needed a catcher, and got nothing.

  85. peric - Jul 31, 2012 at 8:09 PM

    Pirates made a McGehee for Qualls swap with the Yankees.

  86. JD - Jul 31, 2012 at 8:11 PM

    Gabby Sanchez could be a terrific pickup for the Pirates.

  87. peric - Jul 31, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    Chad Qualls going out to the field. No one has told him yet.

  88. MicheleS - Jul 31, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    Fresh2death. There is still the 8/31 deadline for a backup catcher. Lots of players will clear waivers.

  89. peric - Jul 31, 2012 at 8:15 PM

    Christian Villanueva and Kyle Hendricks to Cubs for Dempster

  90. peric - Jul 31, 2012 at 8:17 PM

    Relief pitcher Broxton to Reds for lefty Donnie Joseph and righty JC Sulbaran.

  91. MicheleS - Jul 31, 2012 at 8:20 PM

    Adam Kilgore‏@AdamKilgoreWP Lerner says, "We're going all the way with what we've got in this room." (Plus any possible August trades, I would add.)

  92. natsfan1a - Jul 31, 2012 at 8:22 PM

    This. Or maybe he's afraid that Angelo$ would sue him. :-) btw, nice to "see" dfh21.Ghost Of Steve M. said… dfh21, that was Kasten who didn't get along with Frank. I think Billy think he would affect his autograph value if he jumped on the Nats bandwagon since he still earns a lot of his money in Charm Sh-ity. July 31, 2012 2:46 PM

  93. A DC Wonk - Jul 31, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    fresh2death1997 said… You like it? Reds and Pirates got stronger. we did nothing. we needed a catcher, and got nothing.A better way to look at it, imho, is in the following way:The Nats, a team with the best record in baseball despite having the youngest teams, and thus awesome future potential, gave up nothing.And, besides, we're essentially adding Werth to the team. At no extra cost.

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