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Solis, Taylor, Barrett added; Abad, Robertson dropped

Nov 20, 2013, 8:09 PM EDT

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Needing to make tweaks to their 40-man roster before Thursday’s midnight deadline to protect players from being lost in next month’s Rule 5 draft, the Nationals purchased the contracts of pitchers Sammy Solis and Aaron Barrett and outfielder Michael Taylor while designating left-handers Fernando Abad and Tyler Robertson for assignment.

Solis, Barrett and Taylor were among more than a dozen Nationals minor leaguers who would be subject to this year’s Rule 5 draft if not added to the club’s 40-man roster. Their additions don’t necessarily suggest the organization believes they are big-league ready now but does speak to their long-term potential.

Solis rates as the Nationals’ sixth-best prospect this winter, according to Baseball America. The 25-year-old left-hander, a second-round pick in the 2010 draft, missed the 2012 season following Tommy John surgery but returned healthy this year and posted a 3.43 ERA in 14 games (13 starts) at Class A Potomac.

Solis recently impressed in the Arizona Fall League, posting a 2.17 ERA and a league-best 29 strikeouts over 29 innings. He’s likely to open 2014 at Class AA Harrisburg but could reach Washington by season’s end, perhaps out of the bullpen.

Barrett, who turns 26 in January, could find himself debuting in the majors sooner than that. The hard-throwing right-hander, a ninth-round pick in the 2010 draft, had a 2.15 ERA, 26 saves and 69 strikeouts in 50 1/3 innings this season at Harrisburg.

Taylor’s skills remain raw, but the athletic 22-year-old has the potential to become a big-league center fielder in a few years. A sixth-round draft pick in 2009, he hit .263 with 10 homers, 87 RBI and 51 stolen bases at Class A Potomac. Rated the Nationals’ seventh-best prospect by Baseball America, he currently leads the Puerto Rican Winter League with a 1.042 OPS.

In designating Abad and Robertson for assignment, the Nationals remove both pitchers from their 40-man roster. If they clear waivers unclaimed, they can remain in the organization. They can also be traded or released in the next week.

Abad spent considerable time in the Nationals’ bullpen this season and didn’t allow a run in his first 10 appearances. The lefty, though, allowed 14 runs over his final 29 innings, finishing with a 3.35 ERA. He also struggled to retire left-handed hitters, who collectively hit .306 off him.

Robertson was claimed off waivers from the Twins in June and spent the remainder of the season at Class AAA Syracuse. He finished with a 3.04 ERA in 26 appearances.

  1. David Proctor - Nov 20, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    WOW. Prince Fielder is being traded to Texas for Ian Kinsler.d

    • nats128 - Nov 20, 2013 at 8:56 PM

      That is a bombshell!

  2. scnatsfan - Nov 20, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    Was surprised but not unhappy to see Abad removed.

    The Prince rumor is wild.

    • David Proctor - Nov 20, 2013 at 8:30 PM

      Not even a rumor anymore. It’s confirmed.

    • scnatsfan - Nov 20, 2013 at 8:38 PM

      Well, not a rumor anymore

  3. trochlis318 - Nov 20, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    holy crap that trade with fielder and kinsler

  4. Drew - Nov 20, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    Let’s play this out:

    Trading Kinsler opens 2b for Profar.

    If Profar stays AND Texas is on the hook for 7 years of Prince’s 9-year, $214 million deal, then this is big news for the Nats.

    I think it means the favorites are out of the David Price derby.

    • nats128 - Nov 20, 2013 at 9:01 PM

      Explain to me how this changes the David Price sweepstakes?

      • David Proctor - Nov 20, 2013 at 9:03 PM

        Profar would be the big bat involved in a trade for Price. He now seems to be firmly locked into 2B. It’s still feasible, I suppose, that they deal Profar and go after Cano or someone, but with the salary they’re taking on, that seems unlikely.

      • nats128 - Nov 20, 2013 at 9:07 PM

        I figured this could be a trade as a precursor to something else. I dont this excludes anything as who expected this trade?

      • Drew - Nov 20, 2013 at 9:08 PM

        1. Profar, the Rangers’ marquee trading chip, now takes over for Kinsler as the Rangers’ second baseman. He may be off the board.

        2. You don’t acquire Price unless you can extend him. How can Texas do so now that it has to swallow about $170 million of Prince?

      • nats128 - Nov 20, 2013 at 9:13 PM

        Drew, we dont know yet if cash is going from Detroit to Texas.

  5. Theophilus T.S. - Nov 20, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    Money dump. Kinsler isn’t a IB, no bevvtter at 2B than infante, doesn’t have as many years left. Tigers will now allow Boras to pick the size of Scherzer’s check.

  6. nats128 - Nov 20, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    Maybe 1st base defense isn’t over rated. Rizzo was lucky he didnt get Fielder. Sounds like a salary dump 1st and foremost. The reprecussions will be huge.

    • therealjohnc - Nov 21, 2013 at 12:35 AM

      Rizzo is lucky he didn’t get Fielder? Or he was … *gasp* … smart not to outbid the Tigers for Fielder.

  7. Ghost of Steve M. - Nov 20, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    Great googly moogly is right.

  8. Faraz Shaikh - Nov 20, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    smokes! just heard about the trade. I am shocked!

  9. nats128 - Nov 20, 2013 at 9:12 PM

    MLB Network just broke into their showing of the movie Major League II to discuss the Fielder trade. They say Fielder has to waive his no trade clause and they dont know what other players are involved or if any cash changes hands. They expect Fielder will agree to the trade.

    • David Proctor - Nov 20, 2013 at 9:16 PM

      It’s been reported that it’s a 1-for-1 trade and that cash will be going to Texas. We don’t know how much yet, though.

  10. Theophilus T.S. - Nov 20, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    Money dump. Kinsler isn’t a IB, no better at 2B than infante, doesn’t have many years left. Tigers will now allow Boras to pick the size of Scherzer’s check.

    • nats128 - Nov 20, 2013 at 11:34 PM

      Infante is a Free Agent so the Tigers needed a 2nd baseman.

  11. Ghost of Steve M. - Nov 20, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    I think the Tigers favor keeping Scherzer more than Fielder and will use that savings to extend Scherzer. Detroit has a big corner defense problem and now they open other options.

    • David Proctor - Nov 20, 2013 at 9:19 PM

      Jerry Crasnick ‏@jcrasnick 1m
      #Tigers move was predicated in part on concerns that Cabrera couldn’t play third base anymore. Injuries & immobility.

      That probably played a part, too.

      • Faraz Shaikh - Nov 20, 2013 at 9:34 PM

        makes sense. castenallos will take over 3b i guess.

      • nats128 - Nov 20, 2013 at 9:47 PM

        Definitely makes sense that Cabrera moves to 1st at some point.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Nov 20, 2013 at 9:50 PM

        Like I said, the Tigers have options now. Cabrera to 1st makes sense. I think the Tigers aren’t done.

      • nats128 - Nov 21, 2013 at 7:52 AM

        According to MLBTR, Cabrera to 1st base isnt a done deal:

        The arrival of Kinsler and the departure of Fielder will lead to a lot of change in the Detroit infield. While Dombrowski isn’t exactly sure who will go where – Miguel Cabrera, he says, isn’t a lock to go to first base in 2014 – Omar Infante is almost certainly out of the picture. However, even without the trade, it sounds like Infante was destined to change uniforms anyway.

  12. David Proctor - Nov 20, 2013 at 9:25 PM

    Jeff Passan is reporting that the Tigers will send 30M to the Rangers.

  13. nats128 - Nov 20, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    Ken Rosenthal ‏@Ken_Rosenthal
    Here is the math on the finances: Prince owed $168M. #Tigers pay $30M of that, plus Kinsler’s $62M – total of $92M. Savings of $76M.

    Texas takes on $76 million more and Detroit saves $76 million net.

  14. sjm308 - Nov 20, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    Hard to believe that the Tigers will actually save 80+ million even though they are sending 30 million to the Rangers. Kinsler has a contract through 2017 that pays him 62 million. And we think we are over paying players! So you have Fielder for another 7 years, at least they have the dh. I just read a crazy stat that says Fielder has missed just one regular season game in the last 5 years. Not sure how valid that is but if true, he sure is durable.

    • sjm308 - Nov 20, 2013 at 10:32 PM

      In the old “Insider” format I believe I would owe nats128 a virtual beverage.

      • nats128 - Nov 20, 2013 at 10:42 PM

        Those virtual beverages taste good and less filling.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Nov 21, 2013 at 9:27 AM

        Yeah, we need to re-do that page for next year, sometime before spring training gets going, even if we don’t keep the Drinks Owed part.

      • Section 222 - Nov 24, 2013 at 9:25 AM

        The NIDO spreadsheet is still accessible if your conscience won’t rest until you record your debt.
        http://prettyfrickenbueno.wordpress.com/

        I definitely think we should start a clean slate of drinks on the first day of spring training, if only to wipe the slate clean since I think i owe more drinks than anyone. :-)

    • Theophilus T.S. - Nov 21, 2013 at 8:08 AM

      The Michelin Man is durable, too.

  15. nats128 - Nov 20, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    Jon Morosi ‏@jonmorosi 1m
    Tigers-Rangers blockbuster is official: Prince Fielder is a Ranger. Ian Kinsler is a Tiger.

  16. Joe Seamhead - Nov 21, 2013 at 7:01 AM

    Fielder sure wasn’t worth his weight in the playoffs.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Nov 21, 2013 at 8:03 AM

      Watch out or you’ll be accused of using small sample sizes ;)

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Nov 21, 2013 at 8:05 AM

        Watch out or you’ll be accused of a pun about the obese. ;)

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Nov 21, 2013 at 8:13 AM

        Prince’s stats should be better in Texas if they can get some lineup protection for him. The warm weather of Texas and stadium configuration should help too.

        Remember the criticisms laid out before Prince signed in Detroit that his power numbers were going to fall there coming from hitter friendly Milwaukee.

        Still, Prince’s OPS and RBIs were good, just not dominant. Then you have that lack of range on defense.

        I’m curious to see how the Tigers fill out their infield for Opening Day. Sounds like they aren’t done wheeling and dealing.

  17. Ghost of Steve M. - Nov 21, 2013 at 8:31 AM

    Theo, I was going to reply to your Michelin man comment and accidentily pushed the “report” button. Sorry.

    • Theophilus T.S. - Nov 21, 2013 at 9:03 AM

      There don’t seem to be any consequences. Pray tell, what did you intend to reply?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Nov 21, 2013 at 9:16 AM

        Just a :)

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Nov 21, 2013 at 9:19 AM

        I’m just happy that the Prince thing never happened with the Nats. 2 years in Detroit and they paid $30 million to get rid of him. That’s why I’m :)

  18. Joe Seamhead - Nov 21, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    Fielder’s power numbers have started to decline and he his advanced metrics have dropped in many categories, most notably OPS+ and WAR. His career playoff stats are horrible. Texas just bought a very expensive albatross, in my opinion. His contract may well end up being as bad as Ryan Howard’s.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Nov 21, 2013 at 9:24 AM

      Park effects play a huge difference. Let’s see how it plays out in Texas.

  19. Joe Seamhead - Nov 21, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    So does age, especially on a man that large. Look no further than his father’s numbers.No doubt Prince will hit his share of cheaper homers in Texas, but I seriously think they screwed up. We’ll see. But, being honest, I’m glad he’s not in our division.

  20. jd - Nov 21, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    This is a great trade for Detroit. It’s not just a money dump. They have 3 DH type players and they have punted defense entirely until now. Now they get to play Cabrera at 1st where his defense is less damaging and they get to play their prized rookie Castelanos at 3rd base and they get to save $76 million which means they can probably keep Scherzer.

    It also makes some sense for Texas because it adds a big bat to a mediocre lineup and it gets their best prospect Profar a regular spot in the lineup. It probably takes them out of the David Price sweepstakes because they are no longer likely to trade Profar. If we can put together a package which doesn’t take any one away from the majors (Rendon) I think we can be players in the Price sweepstakes.

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