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The Baseball Show: Should the Nats make a trade?

Jul 25, 2014, 1:05 PM EST

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There was plenty to talk about on this week’s episode of The Baseball Show. The Nationals have been playing some of their best baseball of 2014 in recent weeks, the trade deadline coming up, plus Ryan Zimmerman’s latest injury.

Could Zim’s absence force the Nats’ hand with the trade deadline approaching? Mark discussed that very topic with Joe Orsulak and guest host Jill Sorenson in this first clip.

Check it out here:

This second segment talks about Zimmerman’s injury and how the Nats will compensate without him in the lineup:

This third clip looks at the Nats’ hot start coming out of the All-Star break and what they need to do to sustain it:

And finally, last but not least, here is my segment looking at some of the minor deals that have recently occurred around the league:

  1. micksback1 - Jul 25, 2014 at 1:41 PM

    in my typical predictable response, yes, but only a good trade


    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 25, 2014 at 2:16 PM

      +1 Please trade Theo Epstein for Castro and make sure he knows he owes you one for taking Hairston off his hands last year. Maybe you can give him Espinosa and Hairston and PTBNL.

  2. Danny - Jul 25, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    Jayson Stark chat:

    Any idea what the nationals are thinking after R Zimm went down? Possibly considering trade options for a replacement?

    JS: Not getting much sense that they’re getting significantly more aggressive. They don’t seem optimistic about this injury. Sounds like he will be out a long time. But they have so much depth, they can cover it. So they’re poking around for bats and a LH reliever. But as I said, not very aggressively.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 25, 2014 at 2:20 PM

      Starks is the only one saying “not aggressively”.

      Before RZim went down the needs were small upgrades on the bench and the front of the bullpen. Now the need is huge. Espi as we know will be fine in the short-term but once he starts swinging long, it’s over.

      • Section 222 - Jul 25, 2014 at 5:00 PM

        What makes you think he’ll be fine in the short term? :-)

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 25, 2014 at 5:04 PM

        He’s a good short-term performer until he hits that first HR then he thinks he’s a power hitter and it all goes downhill. In the meantime, he’s the best option.

  3. Brother Juniper - Jul 25, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    “The Nationals have been playing some of their best baseball of 2014 in recent weeks”

    That’s for sure:
    Games 1-52 25-27 .481
    Games 53-99 30-17 .639

  4. NatsLady - Jul 25, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    Something’s cooking.

    The Nationals recalled pitcher Matt Purke from Double-A Harrisburg and then placed him on the 60-day disabled list, in order to clear a spot on the 40-man roster. Purke is recovering from Tommy John surgery and is out for the season.

    • Hiram Hover - Jul 25, 2014 at 2:42 PM

      Good catch. Will be interesting to see what develops….

      • NatsLady - Jul 25, 2014 at 2:48 PM

        I MAY have jumped the gun. The other thing on the transactions list for today is Eury Perez getting sent to Syracuse. He was on the 60-day, I believe, so maybe it was a simple swap. But you do wonder.

      • Hiram Hover - Jul 25, 2014 at 3:04 PM

        Ah. We shall see.

      • tcostant - Jul 25, 2014 at 3:58 PM

        I just look at your link, I saw th Nats sold Brock Peterson to the Dodgers, he looked pretty good in the spring. We have so many good guys now in the monors that half of these guys are better than our roster when they opened Nationals Park.

    • tcostant - Jul 25, 2014 at 3:53 PM

      Maybe they sign the former O’s closer just released by the A’s??? Great catch!!!

  5. Hiram Hover - Jul 25, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    Off topic: how ’bout those Phils?

    They have maybe the strongest hand in the trade market, and it sounds like there’s a good chance they completely screw it up. Again.

    I know, there’s a week to go. But never underestimate Amaro’s ability to eff things up.

  6. donniebenth - Jul 25, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    Long time lurker, first time poster. Love the community on this board and love the Nats!

    Anyway, this is how I’d love to see the trade deadline go down:

    DFA Hairston.

    Recall Souza

    Trade for Prado

    Prado plays every day at 2nd until Zimmerman returns, then becomes the right handed outfielder/utility guy off the bench. Souza goes back down if Zimm comes back before Sept. 1.

    Prado’s a pro’s pro… and I think would handle the different roles if he is part of a contender.

    Of course, we’d have to absorb a couple years of a hefty contract. But hey, it’s not my money and it’s not like there’s a salary cap

  7. scmargenau - Jul 26, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    Video 4 work for you guys? Also on iPad each video won’t stop, and once started you have no control to stop it.

  8. thomaswell - Jul 27, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    to make a serious bid to get deep into October, a trade for Prado would be ideal.





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