Braves need Hudson win to calm the waters; more on McLouth

(Staff writer Carroll Rogers is filling in for David O’Brien this series.)

Washington – So it’s a good night to have Tim Hudson going to the post for the Braves and plenty of denizens, worried about this rough stretch the Braves are in the midst of.

The NL East lead is down to 3 1/2 games and the Braves could use a win to hold off the Phillies, who are riding a six-game winning streak. This is as close as the Phillies have been since the end of their three-game series against the Braves in Philadelphia July 5-7 where the Braves left up by three games.

The Braves have got the right guy going tonight in Hudson. He’s 9-1 with a 1.51 ERA in 15 starts against the Nationals for his career. He’s allowed them only two earned runs in 14 innings over two starts this season.

On the other side, the Braves should know what they’re getting tonight in Livan Hernandez. How’s 28 career starts against the Braves since 1996, not even including the postseason? And with Livan’s rubber arm, we don’t foresee any last-minute scratches like we got last night with Stephen Strasburg (shoulder inflammation).

Before anybody gets too comfortable though, Hernandez is coming off a complete game in his last outing against the Reds. And in his past four starts against the Braves this season and last, he’s 3-0 with a 2.96 ERA.

McLouth in the minors – will it work?

So is there a chance, a real chance, that Nate McLouth gets things turned around down there? When he acknowledges his timing and swing have been off pretty much since the first week of spring training?

McLouth said yesterday he wanted to treat this trip to Gwinnett like Kelly Johnson did last year during his Triple-A stint. Johnson lost his second base starting job to Martin Prado last year after hitting .214 in 68 games and was put on the disabled list with wrist problems. He went to Gwinnett to rehab for three weeks. He hit .308 (16-for-52) in 13 games down there, with two doubles, two triples, three homers and 16 RBIs.

When Johnson returned, he improved to hit .261 (18-for-69) in 38 games. He was a part-time player by then, though, and on his way to being non-tendered at the end of the season.

Unlike Prado last year, though, the Braves don’t have a clear answer in center field, and while they might find something at the trading deadline, it would seem their options are limited at this point.

Here’s what Frank Wren said yesterday when asked what effect the McLouth move would have on the Braves actions on the trade deadline:

“It doesn’t really affect anything,” Wren said. “We’re continuing to look for ways to improve our club in whatever they might be.”

When asked if he was continuing to lean toward filling holes internally, he said: “Yes I think we’re still looking at a very limited pool of players that really fit what we’re looking to do and we’ve got a good ball club. We’ve got a first-place ball club so it has to be someone that clearly improves us, not just an add for add’s sake.”

Heyward an option at center

By the way, I checked with Wren, Bobby Cox and Jason Heyward yesterday and all three say they are comfortable with Heyward playing center field if need be. Brent Clevlen can play center, so can Omar Infante. Gregor Blanco could return three days from now, if the Braves choose to go that route. (Wren said yesterday that wasn’t a definite.) But they’ve got Jason as an option too.

I’m not saying that means the Braves will definitely run out and get another corner outfielder by Saturday, but it does mean it’s not out of the realm to see Heyward in center field.

“Jason could go there,” Wren said. “There’s a variety of people who could play center field if we get in a pinch.”

Any reservations?

“No,” he said. “There are fewer walls to run into.”

Heyward said he’d be comfortable out there.

“Center field is the first outfield position I ever played,” he said.

He said he played about 20 games in center field last year in the minors.

Jones on McLouth’s defense

With McLouth being sent down, Chipper Jones raised the point yesterday that not only has McLouth struggled offensively, but defensively as well.

“The biggest difference I saw was in his defense, to be honest with you,” Jones said. “Not only did he seem timid offensively, at times he seemed timid on defense. Center field is not a place where you can be timid. You’ve got to be aggressive; you’ve got to come get balls. You’ve got to throw to bases. You’ve got to be a force out there.”

Jones doesn’t mince words, does he? That’s not to say he’s not pulling for McLouth.

“You’re always loyal to the guys you broke camp with and it’s hard to say bye for however long it may be to a guy you’ve been in the trenches with all year,” Jones said. “But the higher ups felt there needed to be a change and they made it, so now we’ve got to adjust. Bottom line is we’ve got to focus and win games.”

He also said this:

“We’re all pulling for Nate. He’s a great guy and we all love him to death, but we all go through periods where we struggle and his has gone on for a really long time. I think it’s going to be good for him to go down and get some reps without being under the microscope.”

Resop, Freeman updates

Chris Resop pitched a nice outing in his third rehab start last night for Triple-A Gwinnett. He pitched five no-hit innings, walking two and striking out six. He’s somebody the Braves would like to drum up trade interest in, but that might not be easy.

Resop is a wildcard. He’s had a great Triple-A season, but in only two innings in the majors, he pulled his oblique muscle and gave up five runs on five hits. At the very least, he’s proven he’s healthy now.

His agent B.B. Abbott said today he doesn’t think the Braves know yet what their plans are for Resop. He presumes something will happen either at the trading deadline or shortly thereafter. Resop might make one more rehab start Sunday but otherwise he would expect a move on that front soon.

If the Braves send him to the minors, he’d have to clear waivers. Even if he clears waivers, he could declare for free agency and probably would. 

And oh by the way, Freddie Freeman continues his tear. He hit another home run last night to give him homers in back-to-back games and six this month. He is hitting .290 with 14 home runs and 59 RBIs in 92 games on the year.

Would the Braves be tempted to call Freeman up in September and start his arbitration clock? Good question. It’s looking more and more like he’ll be ready to take over the first base spot next season. Do you take a chance on throwing him in the middle of a pennant race for his first major league taste? Risk messing with his confidence going into next year?

Troy Glaus has cooled off since his hot three-week stretch. Since June 13, he has gone 18-for-109 (.165) with one home run and 11 RBIs in 32 games. He struck out three times last night and is 2-for-14 on this road trip.

Well, somehow or other I’ve managed to babble for another long blog. I’ll have more from the ballpark this afternoon, perhaps a verdict on Jonny Venters’ appeal.

2,663 comments Add your comment

chin music

July 28th, 2010
12:48 pm

can’t wait to look down the first-base line next season and see freeman and heyward. and for many seasons thereafter….

Brave4life-1995 all over again??

July 28th, 2010
12:53 pm

Heyward to center means Willingham is on his way right??

chin music

July 28th, 2010
12:54 pm

as for the third-base line, my vision isn’t so clear….

dickfer

July 28th, 2010
12:55 pm

we need to sit glaus for a little while

he’s bringing nothing to the dish right now

brian

July 28th, 2010
12:56 pm

great blog Carroll. Seems from this post that the Braves are leaning more to putting Heyward in CF and trying to get an addition to a corner OF spot.

dickfer

July 28th, 2010
12:56 pm

per mlb trade (nothing new)
The Braves maintain strong interest in Josh Willingham, though there’s a good chance they stand pat. Willingham is just one of many Nationals veterans generating interest, GM Mike Rizzo told ESPN 980.

brian

July 28th, 2010
12:57 pm

my thoughts exactly Braves 4 Life – Willingham in left and Diaz/Cabrera in RF with Hinske/Glaus at 1B

Huh?

July 28th, 2010
12:57 pm

Chipper is lucky he gets a pass because there should be someone on here talking about his struggles at the plate and on the field. Esco and Soriano are doing great. I wonder if Chip Carey will say that Esco is sizzlin up in Toronto. We have to realize that 2 of the Braves recent loses were blown saves so they are in the hunt. In APril we counted them out and look at them now. Lets support them to the end

Greene Hornet

July 28th, 2010
12:57 pm

Any word on the Venters appeal?

Lollygagger

July 28th, 2010
12:58 pm

Heyward to center means Willingham is on his way right??

lol. No, it most likely means Diaz and Melky are playing every day.

DC Brave

July 28th, 2010
12:59 pm

That is one of the reasons why I love Chipper Jones. I know in the past he has avoided the press, say after a tough playoffs loss…but I think that is because it just hurts so bad and he knows himself that he’ll say just about anything. The guy tells it like it is…good luck to NATE…GO BRAVES!

Lollygagger

July 28th, 2010
1:00 pm

Does Wren have the balls to trade within division? That’s tough… I think I’d stay away from that. I’d rather Hart than Willingham, personally.

GTSteve

July 28th, 2010
1:01 pm

add Resop to any trade you can

DC Brave

July 28th, 2010
1:01 pm

For “Huh?”…if you don’t realzie how critical Chipper has been of his own play you haven’t been paying attention. He even blamed himself for last night’s loss…that 2 run error. I was there last night…he was playing hard, and almost hit one out.

Arkansas Transplant

July 28th, 2010
1:01 pm

explain to me why we need Willingham again? he’s just an average player as well. Would he actually make this club any better than it already is?

Craig

July 28th, 2010
1:02 pm

Exactly, the season is far from over and I love where we sit right now. Glaus is down right now but he showed us that once he heats up, he can carry the team for a couple of months. Why are we so quick to give up on the team.

Josh

July 28th, 2010
1:02 pm

Carroll and Dob, do you think the Braves will for sure make a move of some sort before the deadline? thanks

Brian from SC

July 28th, 2010
1:02 pm

Willingham average? Wow… 121, 115, 117, 127, 136…those are his season-by-season OPS+. The guy can rake. Nothing average about his bad.

NEW CARS

July 28th, 2010
1:03 pm

Resop, jj hoover, juan abreau and schafer for corey hart..Put Hart in RF and the big guy in CF…Don’t want any off Willingham, just a little better Diaz…How about going after the Big Donkey, put him in LF and matt/melkie in rf…

Brave4life-1995 all over again??

July 28th, 2010
1:03 pm

Rizzo also says #Nats are getting calls on Cristian Guzman, Willie Harris, Adam Kennedy, bullpen arms + Dunn, Capps, Willingham.

Brian from SC

July 28th, 2010
1:03 pm

Brave4life-1995 all over again??

July 28th, 2010
1:03 pm

New Cars

Funny

T for Texas

July 28th, 2010
1:03 pm

Chipper says the team “loves Nate to death…”

Why does it seem anymore that people “loving you to death” is the “kiss of death?”

Derrick

July 28th, 2010
1:04 pm

Personally I’d like to see us go after Corey Hart to play right.

Brave4life-1995 all over again??

July 28th, 2010
1:04 pm

Willingham has an OBP of almost .400

dylan

July 28th, 2010
1:04 pm

One rumor that I’ve heard today. YOUNG TO THE BRAVES! That is just a rumor though.

One-Eyed Mac

July 28th, 2010
1:05 pm

I love Chipper, but didn’t he also break camp with Yunel this year? Not exactly loyal to him while “everybody struggles”.

For the record, I realize Yunel needed to be traded, given that everybody hated him. While Gonzalez is not the big bat we need, he is a quality replacement for Yunel, given that we needed a change. But I do think it as a huge organizational failure that things reached that point with Yunel. Just shouldn’t haven’t reached that point.

dylan

July 28th, 2010
1:05 pm

I agree with Derrick.

Brave4life-1995 all over again??

July 28th, 2010
1:05 pm

dylan

we love sources???

Brave4life-1995 all over again??

July 28th, 2010
1:06 pm

Corey Hart rumors are quiet as of now, because of his wrist injury

dylan

July 28th, 2010
1:06 pm

But wouldn’t Jose Bautista look good in a Braves uni, he has 30 HRS

Gustopher

July 28th, 2010
1:07 pm

Great blog CR.

Any truth to the rumors that the Braves are looking to bring Andruw Jones back?

dylan

July 28th, 2010
1:07 pm

Jon Morosi said they he expects the Braves to talk with ARIZONA for him.

Arkansas Transplant

July 28th, 2010
1:07 pm

Did this have more to do with the real reason Mclouth got demoted?

One interesting development: Nate McLouth was just days away from accumulating five years of service time when the Braves abruptly sent him to the minor leagues Tuesday.

Derrick

July 28th, 2010
1:08 pm

Yeah I agree Dylan. We already made one deal with the Blue Jays, why not make another?

rammerjammer

July 28th, 2010
1:08 pm

Carroll,

That was such good stuff that I had to go back and re-read it, like, two or three times.

It must be fun for reporters to interview Chipper. He’s definitely gonna talk about the 800-pound gorilla.

Brave4life-1995 all over again??

July 28th, 2010
1:08 pm

dylan

I thought so too, but is this season a fluke cough cough Nate Mclouth

PMC

July 28th, 2010
1:08 pm

wow, Chipper has a lot to say about a lot of other players defense. I’m not saying he’s wrong but… are there mirrors in the locker room?

ABravesFan

July 28th, 2010
1:09 pm

We need Huddy to be the stopper tonight. Hopefully, we can solve Livan Hernandez since Eric Gregg is not working behind the plate tonight.

Huh?

July 28th, 2010
1:09 pm

DC Brave, so what, he almost hit one out. Wow! But Chipper has got a pass all year. He gets one hit and the broadcasters go crazy about him heating up for a few games until we realize he is back struggling. everyone is trying,there is not one Braves player out there who is not putting out 100 percent. The only thing that surprised me last night was Chipper did not all of a mysteriously pull something after he made the error.

Largo

July 28th, 2010
1:09 pm

Chipper, why don’t you say goodbye. You’re not helping the team. That 12M you’re making would sure go a long way towards getting us some needed help. Meanwhile why don’t you sit and let Infante do his thing? He certainly brings more to the team than you do.

TennesseePaul

July 28th, 2010
1:09 pm

Thanks CR.

Nothing average about his bad.

That’s right. His bad is bad!

Lollygagger

July 28th, 2010
1:09 pm

I think Dylan’s sources are that one guy that kept blogging about Chris Young on the last DOB blog. He mentioned him so many times over and over, it actually began to seem as if there was an actual rumor behind it. Next we’ll rekindle the Derek Lee to the Braves rumor… News at 11…

Brave4life-1995 all over again??

July 28th, 2010
1:09 pm

Dylan

Oh it thought you mean Delmon Young

Brave4life-1995 all over again??

July 28th, 2010
1:10 pm

The only rumors i have heard are Willingham, Hart, Kemp

BravoMan

July 28th, 2010
1:10 pm

Willingham makes the team a lot better offensively. He also gives Bobby the option to rest Glaus and play Hinske at first. Makes a lotta since really. Diaz is the 4th OF and Melky remains a good 8th place hitter. Where would we bat Willingham?

Mac

July 28th, 2010
1:11 pm

Chipper should look in the mirror before saying how bad McSuck has been. How about leading by example Larry.

chris

July 28th, 2010
1:11 pm

lol thanks dylan for that great informative TRUTHFUL rumor lol anyways, yea i imagine since the braves feel they cannot get a centerfielder by the deadline, they are looking for a corner outfielder. i have a feeling that the nationals will hold onto adam dunn and i think the braves feel that too, which is why they are going after willingham. willingham would obviosuly be a great pickup since he would be here for 2011 season, but man, the braves would have to give up mike minor to begin with.

Tami

July 28th, 2010
1:11 pm

I’m with you, Chin Music. I had been wondering if Jason could play CF myself, especially if the Braves ended up dealing for a RF or an OF/Bench Player. This would allow the Braves to play Blanco in either RF or CF. I like Melky as a utility/bench player, available for spot/relief starts. I’ve been on the Glaus bandwagon since he got hot. But, last night he had RISP opportunities that he squandered. It’s obvious as some guys in the lineup have cooled down, it’s affected the rest of the lineup. An early callup like Freeman and maybe a trade might spark the guys back to life again. I hope so, anyway. It’s been a fun season thus far, and really want to see this team contending down the stretch and into the playoffs.

dylan

July 28th, 2010
1:11 pm

Brave4life-1995 all over again??

Yeah but yesterday he went 4-4 2 HRS. And sometimes it is better to be lucky than good. And he could’ve turned his career around.

TennesseePaul

July 28th, 2010
1:12 pm

Did this have more to do with the real reason Mclouth got demoted?

I think the biggest reason was his “play.” The fact that they had to decide to option him or not within a given time frame may have forced their hands … but I don’t thin they were sitting around with little to do and jumped at the idea of excersing an option moments before it expired.

Crime Dog

July 28th, 2010
1:12 pm

wow, Chipper has a lot to say about a lot of other players defense. I’m not saying he’s wrong but… are there mirrors in the locker room?

It seems like Chipper was talking about defensive effort and not necessarily Nate’s overall defensive ability. Where Nate had a few instances of not throwing the ball or getting solid breaks on the ball, I would say Chipper has at least consistently given good effort on defense. He’s just old and slow these days.

papadawg

July 28th, 2010
1:12 pm

You so call Braves fans always have to have someone you like to pick on until you run them off. McClouth is the most recent one, now you have half the team who sucks to chose your next victim from.

Milt Famey

July 28th, 2010
1:12 pm

Just read McClouth’s comments on the Braves website and he was totally cooperative and agreed with the demotion to work on his swing. If Jeff Francouer had taken his demotion with the same attitude last year, he might still be playing for the Braves

cabravesfan

July 28th, 2010
1:12 pm

Dodgers are NOT TRADING KEMP!

LizDawg

July 28th, 2010
1:13 pm

We need Huddy to right the ship and set sail away from the Phillies!

Let’s do this for Bobby, Braves!

adam

July 28th, 2010
1:13 pm

line-up
1. prado 2b
2. heyward cf
3. jones 3b
4.mccann c
5.diaz lf
6.hinske 1b
7.gonzalez ss
8. infante rf

Derrick

July 28th, 2010
1:13 pm

I know people are saying play Willingham in right but he’s just a left fielder. His arm makes Matt Diaz look like he has a cannon.

lol and behold

July 28th, 2010
1:13 pm

Agree Lolygagge….U got to have HART!

Brave4life-1995 all over again??

July 28th, 2010
1:13 pm

dylan

Mclouth hit 26 HR in 2008 and was an all-star. Jose Bautista trade value is absurd right now, and i dont blame em’. If i were the bluejays i would trade him right away and get top prospects for him.

TennesseePaul

July 28th, 2010
1:14 pm

Willingham would be the most interesting to me. That would make the bench strong and the regular line up stronger. However I understand the defense he provides is weak and we already have bad routes in center. It could lead to more opponents becoming men against the Braves.

Memphis

July 28th, 2010
1:14 pm

Chipper’s been with the team longer than anyone not named Bobby Cox. If a reporter ask him a question I say it’s good that he’s honest. McClouth NEVER even threw the ball to home on Sac Flies. Chippers right!

Crime Dog

July 28th, 2010
1:14 pm

Dodgers are NOT TRADING KEMP!

So I’ve been thinking a lot about this, and I know who the Braves need to get…Matt Kemp! I think a deal of KK, Medlen and Jo Jo ought to get it done.

…oh, we already traded Jo Jo? Just throw in Marek then.

bravesfanlm

July 28th, 2010
1:14 pm

If Heyward can play Centerfield, then why not trade for Luke Scott? He can play either corner outfield spot, hits for power, and even though he is left handed he has hit lefties decently this year. What would it cost to get him?

dylan

July 28th, 2010
1:14 pm

Chris agreed, i have just been seeing what Buster,Jon, Ken Rosenthal, Kieth Law, they have all said about the same thing.

01HAWK

July 28th, 2010
1:14 pm

Everyone go look at the play Escobar made last night Baltimore. Go to the Toronto Blue Jay site. A behind the back throw to the 2nd baseman to get the out. This was the only play he had. One of the best plays I have ever seen.

Chipper talking about someone else having fielding problems. Chipper has got to be the worst 3B in baseball. I will be glad when he leaves.

Brave4life-1995 all over again??

July 28th, 2010
1:15 pm

cabravesfan

of course they are not trading Kemp, but yesterday Ken Rosenthial said on MLB network that the Braves inquired about Kemp no serious talks.

Jo-Bu

July 28th, 2010
1:15 pm

Chipper says the team “loves Nate to death…”

Why does it seem anymore that people “loving you to death” is the “kiss of death?”

“In our thing Donnie when you get sent for you go in alive and you come out dead, and it’s your best friend who does it.”

“Lefty” Ruggiero (Al Pacino, Donnie Brasco)

Kashi

July 28th, 2010
1:15 pm

I told ya all, Troy Glaus slump will spread like a flu in club house.

chris

July 28th, 2010
1:15 pm

bravo- i would put willingham in the 5th spot behind mccann

1. prado
2. heyward
3. grandpa
4. mccann
5. willinghan
6. glaus
7. gonzalez
8. cabrera
9. hudson

not bad, eh?

Bobby Hill

July 28th, 2010
1:15 pm

If the Braves feel comfortable with Heyward in center, Willingham would be a huge upgrade. He’s gotten knocked in the past because he’s had trouble staying healthy, but that doesn’t look like a problem this season.

eric the elder

July 28th, 2010
1:16 pm

Rizzo said that Washington would make any trade “painful” for the Braves. I suspect every other GM would say the same. I hope Texeira remains a lesson learned.

cabravesfan

July 28th, 2010
1:16 pm

Crime Dog-

I would stick my tounge out at you if there was an emoticon for that but there isn’t ;)

robz747

July 28th, 2010
1:16 pm

Young who? and where did that rumor come from

Chipper wasn’t nice with Yunel b/c you could tell he really didnt care out there and needed a change of scenery!

When are the Braves going to realize that a large part of the problem with our inconsistency hitting is not the players but our HORRIBLE hitting coach Terry Pendelton!!! He is RUINING careers daily and hopefully won’t screw up Heyward’s swing to bad!

Craig

July 28th, 2010
1:17 pm

Bautista would be a terrible fit!!! Look at Gonzalez. Bautista and Gonzalez had all those homers because they were in the Toronto line-up. Most Homers in the Majors. He gets a lot of fast balls to hit. He has a very low average. Case in point. Gonzalez had 17 homers, none since he came to the Braves. Escobar had zero homers and he has two since going up to Toronto. Just bcause you change uniforms does not mean you are going to get the same results.

Memphis

July 28th, 2010
1:17 pm

Worse 3B in baseball? Chipper? hahaha ok whatever

dylan

July 28th, 2010
1:17 pm

Brave4life-1995 all over again??

July 28th, 2010
1:18 pm

The Teixeira and Adam Weinright trade are making the braves reluctant to trade for anyone

bravesfanlm

July 28th, 2010
1:19 pm

Just throwin it out here:

Chris Young doesn’t have great home/road splits, BUT he has killed the phillies this year! That is the team that is the biggest threat to the braves right? Then why not get the “phillie Killer” himself. J/K

dylan

July 28th, 2010
1:19 pm

Chris Young and Jon Morosi of Fox Sports said he expects Braves to talk to Arizona.

Roman Gal

July 28th, 2010
1:19 pm

Do you take a chance on throwing him in the middle of a pennant race for his first major league taste? Risk messing with his confidence going into next year?

I would. I think it would be smart to get him a taste and see what he’s got. That way, Wren and co. will have an idea of what to expect. If they had known Heyward was going to make the club out of spring training I bet they would’ve done the same with him.

BravoMan

July 28th, 2010
1:19 pm

Willingham’s numbers are awfully impressive, but at what cost? Could they ask for Minor straight up?

.576

July 28th, 2010
1:20 pm

What # is Willingham going to wear?

Derrick

July 28th, 2010
1:21 pm

Blah I dont want Willingham. He’s just a slightly better version of Matt Diaz. If we get anyone it should be someone who clearly makes us better and with Willingham’s poor defense and ability to only be a left fielder I really don’t think he does.

Shaun

July 28th, 2010
1:21 pm

Largo, really? Chipper’s not helping the team? You are aware his OBP is .378, right? You are aware that’s third in the majors, right? You are aware that among qualifiers, that means he’s the third-toughest out among major league thirdbasemen, right?

Brave4life-1995 all over again??

July 28th, 2010
1:22 pm

Bravoman

thats a bit steep, Minor is a great lefty prospect in the farm. i think he is considered one of our untouchables

Brian from SC

July 28th, 2010
1:22 pm

robz747, hitters actually have hit slightly better under TP than under other hitting coaches. I dug these numbers back up just for you:

(OBP/SLG/OPS)

Under TP: .346/.445/.791 (48521 PA)
Not under TP: .339/.443/.782 (159139 PA)

dylan

July 28th, 2010
1:23 pm

Does anyone know where the MLBTR chat is?

Brave4life-1995 all over again??

July 28th, 2010
1:23 pm

T for Texas

July 28th, 2010
1:23 pm

Good points RG:

It’s not like the Braves are not going to be contending for the division next year. There will be pressure this year and next, afterall it is professional baseball.

BravoMan

July 28th, 2010
1:23 pm

Derrick,

Willingham’s OBP is .400 with 15 HR. This is against both lefties and righties. Much better than Diaz just less defencively.

ncscoots

July 28th, 2010
1:24 pm

Dodgers are NOT TRADING KEMP!

cab, come on, you got to get into the swing a little, here. Don’t kill the hopes of a thousand (OK, a couple of) bloggers. Think of this last couple of days before the deadline as similar to Christmas: you don’t jump right up and tell four-year-olds there is no Santa, do you? Well, of course, you don’t, because you’re a kind and sensitive soul.

Daniel

July 28th, 2010
1:25 pm

Throwing my two cents in here.
I definitely think Willingham is not a significant upgrade (especially with the Nats making it very clear that they want a lot in return).
Do not put Heyward in CF.
Minor is clearly too valuable to trade.

jt

July 28th, 2010
1:25 pm

Breaking News Dylan, you are on top of it.

BravoMan

July 28th, 2010
1:25 pm

Brave4life-1995 all over again??

Yes but we are talking about trading to our division rival here. They won’t make it simple. And they apparently want a young OF in return as well according to Tony Stark…Jason Stark

bruce

July 28th, 2010
1:25 pm

I remember Nate saying something at the end of the season last year about not mentioning his vision problems because he did not want to reveal it during the season. So I wonder now if he has a shoulder injury or something that has caused him to not throw hard when needed and caused his swing to be off and now maybe because he is in Gwinnett if he is unable to drastically improve, he might admit something else is physcially wrong… or maybe he needs a pre-trade type physical to see if anything is not right. Also, now it looks like sending Shafer down was also intended to make room for Nate in Gwinnett.

Derrick

July 28th, 2010
1:26 pm

Last year Diaz had an OBP of .390 with 13 HR in limited playing time. Give him the same amount of at bats as Willingham and I think you’ll get relatively similar numbers.

DAP

July 28th, 2010
1:26 pm

id be ok with jason playing a little CF, even though it wouldnt be ideal. as athletic and fast as jason is, i bet it wouldnt be a huge difference between he and melky in center, at this point in heywards career.

Steve from OH

July 28th, 2010
1:27 pm

Derrick–I doubt that. Diaz’s numbers are good because Cox utilized him correctly–i.e. only against lefties. The dude kills lefties. Not so much against righties. I don’t have confidence that he’ll hit righties given enough PT.

Brave4life-1995 all over again??

July 28th, 2010
1:28 pm

I just hope we weeeen tonight

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