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Davey on potential for more trades

Jul 10, 2013, 10:46 PM EST

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PHILADELPHIA — Though he knows the Nationals haven't gotten the kind of performance he's hoped from the back end of his rotation, manager Davey Johnson said today he doesn't expect the club to pursue pitching help before this month's trade deadline.

Johnson cited the pipeline of young pitching that should arrive in the big leagues by next season as reason not to acquire another starter now.

"One of our areas that we have very little depth in, obviously, is starting pitching," he said. "But after this year and early into next year, some of our young starters should be knocking at the door here. As far as making a move and picking up somebody, a lease just for the short-term, I don't think that's in our plans because I think we have enough talent here and enough coming that we wouldn't do that."

Johnson believes the return of a healthy Ross Detwiler after the All-Star break, and continued improvement from Dan Haren will give the Nationals five starters that can withstand a pennant race.Read more »

  1. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Jul 10, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    That clunking sound you heard was Rizzo hanging up on Theo in the Matt Garza Sweepstakes.

  2. David Proctor - Jul 10, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    Epstein is asking for A LOT for Garza. I mean, like Rendon and Giolito lot. There's no way in hell I'd even entertain that idea.(I'm not saying he's asked specifically for Rendon and Giolito, but given what he asked for from the O's, that's our equivalent).

  3. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jul 10, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    David, Strop was close to a DFA like Henry and Arrietta was a 7+ ERA and not good at all. Not sure what Epstein was thinking.

  4. phil dunton - Jul 10, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    Sounds to me like Davey expects the season to end around 9/30 as he heads into retirement. I'd like to remind him that a competent hitting coach isn't going to cost two top notch prospects.

  5. phil dunton - Jul 10, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    Sounds to me like Davey expects the season to end around 9/30 as he heads into retirement. I'd like to remind him that a competent hitting coach isn't going to cost two top notch prospects.

  6. Whack-a-Mule - Jul 10, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    Mule thinks that expectations for 4th and 5th starters may be too high. Nats require "donkeys", not "thoroughbreds".A 4th/5th starter need be relatively injury-free and durable; able to deliver 6-7 innings every 5th night while allowing 0.5 runs/inning (ERA of 4.50 +/-). Thus, having given up 3 runs in 6 or 7 innings, the team is still in the game. If the offense cannot deliver >3 runs/game, that is not a pitching problem.

  7. ExposedinDC - Jul 10, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    No way we should weaken an already depleted farm system for a rental, if they hit consistently, they are good with the arms they have, if they don't it wouldn't matter anyway.

  8. phil dunton - Jul 10, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    Detwiler as the salvation? I doubt it. He is 18-29 over his career and has spent nearly as much time on the DL as on the active roster.

  9. SCNatsFan - Jul 10, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    As long as Davey is counting on Haren then we know he believes just wishing for good things can make them happen.

  10. TexNat - Jul 11, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    Offense is a bigger concern for this team going forward than pitching. Given how little they have to give up by way of prospects, I'd rather they not give up too much for a rental pitcher. This team will need more offense in the coming years to succeed.

  11. do1teach1 - Jul 11, 2013 at 3:56 AM

    I love a site where a poster named "Mule" says the Nats need "Donkeys." No doubt his favorite Senator was Jeff "Burros."

  12. D'Gourds - Jul 11, 2013 at 8:23 AM

    why does it seem like I'm the only one who believes Ohlendorf could be the competent 5th starter they've been looking for?

  13. Will - Jul 11, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    D'Gourds, because from 2011-2012, Russ Ohlendorf was THE WORST pitcher in baseball.Tigers don't change their stripes, they can just hide them over small sample sizes.

  14. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jul 11, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    OTHO, Will, a half-dozen starts or so is not a large sample. So there's that.





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