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MLB Power Rankings: Hamels, Price, Tulo all get traded

Jul 31, 2015, 10:06 AM EDT

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Here is a look at Major League Baseball with analysis from Nationals Insider Mark Zuckerman and Nationals writer Chase Hughes:

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30. Phillies – Zuckerman: (LW: 30) Kudos to them for finally doing what had to be done and trading Hamels and Papelbon.

29. Rockies – Zuckerman: (LW: 27) If you’re going to trade away the face of your franchise, better get sure things for him. Did they?

28. Marlins – Zuckerman: (LW: 29) They can’t even pull off their bi-annual salary dumps without looking like a train wreck.

27. Brewers – Zuckerman: (LW: 28) The state of Carlos Gomez’s hip over the next two months will be a fascinating thing to watch.

26. Red Sox – Hughes: (LW: 26) Boston has been relatively quiet, despite many speculating they would trade off some of their players. It will be an interesting offseason for the Sox.

25. Athletics – Hughes: (LW: 25) The A’s have already traded Tyler Clippard and Scott Kazmir, but they have plenty of trade chips to deal throughout August.

24. Braves – Zuckerman: (LW: 19) Really positioning themselves for something in 2017. Maybe even 2016.

23. Mariners – Hughes: (LW: 24) Seattle traded former No. 2 overall pick Dustin Ackley this week, he was picked second after Stephen Strasburg in 2009.

22. Indians – Hughes: (LW: 17) It has been a tough summer for Cleveland sports fans and now the Browns are just getting started.

21. Reds – Zuckerman: (LW: 23) Pretty good haul for Cincinnati in the Johnny Cueto deal. Had to be done.

20. Padres – Zuckerman: (LW: 22) Hey, remember when San Diego was declared champion of the offseason? That was fun.

19. Tigers – Hughes: (LW: 15) The Tigers have let go of Max Scherzer, David Price and Doug Fister in recent years, but they still have Justin Verlander (4.61 ERA last two seasons).

18. Rangers – Hughes: (LW: 18) Pairing Cole Hamels with Yu Darvish could give them the best 1-2 punch in baseball if Greinke leaves L.A.

17. Diamondbacks – Zuckerman: (LW: 20) Better than you realize, but not good enough to make a run this season.

16. Rays – Hughes: (LW: 14) Tampa may be left behind with other teams in the AL East adding pieces at the deadline. Next year, though, they could be a force.

15. White Sox – Hughes: (LW: 21) As bad as things have seemed for Chicago, if they finish over .500 it should be seen as a step in the right direction after they won only 73 games in 2014.

14. Orioles – Hughes: (LW: 16) Wouldn’t be surprised if the Orioles add several pieces after the non-waiver trade deadline in August.

13. Mets – Zuckerman: (LW: 13) Couldn’t close down a trade Wednesday night. Couldn’t close down a win Thursday afternoon.

12. Blue Jays – Hughes: (LW: 12) They just added two of the best players in baseball in Troy Tulowitzki and David Price, but their pitching staff still looks weak overall.

11. Twins – Hughes: (LW: 11) It’s interesting that the Twins are not as active as others in trade rumors. They could use another starter.

10. Cubs – Zuckerman: (LW: 8) Jon Lester: 1.66 ERA in July. Starting to pitch like the the guy Cubs thought he’d be.

9. Angels – Hughes: (LW: 5) Good to see Mike Trout return to the Angels lineup. Looks to have avoided a scare with his wrist injury.

8. Nationals – Zuckerman: (LW: 7) If everybody plays nice, Janssen-Storen-Papelbon could make for a dominant bullpen trio.

7. Giants – Zuckerman: (LW: 10) Just quietly lurking around, positioning themselves to sneak into October again and hope for magic.

6. Astros – Hughes: (LW: 9) I really like the move to go and get Scott Kazmir. The fact he’s from Houston makes for a cool story.

5. Yankees – Hughes: (LW: 6) The Yankees probably don’t need to add anything, as they are in first place and look like the class of the AL East.

4. Dodgers – Zuckerman: (LW: 4) They didn’t land another ace, but they already have two. And Latos and Wood will help plenty.

3. Pirates – Zuckerman: (LW: 3) A.J. Burnett: 10.13 ERA since All-Star break. Just a blip, or is he turning back into a pumpkin?

2. Royals – Hughes: (LW: 2) Have to love their trades to bring in Johnny Cueto and Ben Zobrist. Kansas City is all-in and they should be.

1. Cardinals – Zuckerman: (LW: 1) Brandon Moss is a nice pickup, but he’s no Matt Holliday. That’s a big loss for St. Louis.

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  1. npb99 - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:32 AM

    I wonder how Stanton feels about having signed that extension with the Marlins. He would have gotten huge bucks some were else too, but instead he opted to stay with the mess in South Florida. Seller’s remorse?

    • ehay2k - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:43 AM

      I have not seen him smiling in the dugout pictures fora while now. The good news for him is that he has an opt-out, and he will surely be gone as soon as he can exercise it. He look good in pinstripes, and the price is right, since the Yankees can pay anyone anything!

  2. ehay2k - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:41 AM

    The Nats are higher than I thought they’d be at the moment, due to the injuries. We traded our Goon Squad for a MASH unit for most of the year.

    However, soon everyone will be back, except perhaps for Span, and MAT is an acceptable replacement for the short term. Not sure how anyone else feels about it, but I definitely want Span back, hitting leadoff. If everyone else can just play close to their career averages, we will be a team to reckon with. I really don’t see the Mets, who treaded water this week with their trades and almost trades, getting good enough to catch the Nats. The Mets need a bat, or two.

    Also, does anyone know if the Mets have said anything about Harvey on an innings limit? Historically, guys have shown a bit of a decline as their first season back from TJ wears on, so if he sin’t going to be helping as much, I can’t see why the Mets would risk keeping him in there. Or did Harvey get a BOGO card with his first TJ surgery, like Medlen apparently did? That is one promotion it’s best not to use, IMO.

    • therealjohnc - Jul 31, 2015 at 1:05 PM

      Harvey has thrown 125 innings – they’ve limited his innings this year by going to a six man rotation pretty often. The Mets have 60 games remaining (the Nats have 62), and so he has about 10-12 starts left (depending on whether they stay with the six man rotation – which I doubt). That would put him in the 180-190 innings pitched range, which is certainly more than the ~160 the Nats targeted with Strasburg. But one thing that you have to remember is that Harvey had his surgery earlier in the calendar year than Strasburg, and the Mets did not bring him back at the end of last season. So he’s essentially a few months farther along in the rehab process than Strasburg was, and so one would think would be able to throw more innings. How many more? Beats me.

      • ehay2k - Jul 31, 2015 at 1:11 PM

        Thanks for the research. We have no choice but to wait and see how this all plays out. And speculate about the outcome all the while! 😉

  3. Eugene in Oregon - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:45 AM

    “13. Mets – Zuckerman: (LW: 13) Couldn’t close down a trade Wednesday night. Couldn’t close down a win Thursday afternoon.”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++

    +1

    • adcwonk - Jul 31, 2015 at 11:40 AM

      Or, rather: -1

      😉

      • TimDz - Jul 31, 2015 at 12:09 PM

        Shouldn’t that be -2?

  4. Candide - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:53 AM

    Boswell yesterday: The Nats are about the 15th-best team in baseball.

    And Mark has them at #8. Hmmm.

    • bowdenball - Jul 31, 2015 at 10:57 AM

      Yeah, it turns out Boswell is prone to hyperbole!

      Shocking, I know.

    • Eugene in Oregon - Jul 31, 2015 at 11:09 AM

      Key issue isn’t where they rank among 30 MLB teams, but where they rank (or will rank at the end of the season) among five NL East teams. And at that point, it’s more about how the brackets set up than about any notion of an overall ranking.

      • adcwonk - Jul 31, 2015 at 11:41 AM

        +5

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 12:29 PM

        Exactly, just get into the dance and be healthy and make things happen. Span can take his time getting healthy and maybe the Nats pull off one more trade in August in the waiver wire for the bullpen. All the players who were thought to be available haven’t changed places.

        Looks like Jay Bruce to the Mets and they would move Granderson to CF. That’s less defense and slightly more offense as you switch out Lagares for Bruce.

    • jfmii - Jul 31, 2015 at 11:10 AM

      I thought 8 was too high of a ranking. Somewhere in between Boswell and Zuckerman/Hughes

    • ehay2k - Jul 31, 2015 at 12:04 PM

      Outside of Boz’ unrequited love, the O’s, what 6 other teams would he put ahead of the Nats? There are only 8 teams with a better winning percentage than the Nats. (And the O’s aren’t one of them.) The Nats have done this without yet playing their starting 8. Not sure how many other teams can say that, but I bet there are’t even 5, and none of those will be leading their division.

      • masterfishkeeper - Jul 31, 2015 at 12:09 PM

        To be fair to Boswell, he was simply saying what the Nats’ record thus far shows, playing in a very weak division. With the regulars returning, they should be much, much better, but they’ve got to walk the walk.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 12:30 PM

        I agree. The Nats are perfectly situated at #8 and I expect the Nats pitching to get better and the hitting to slowly improve.

      • nats128 - Jul 31, 2015 at 12:54 PM

        masterfishkeeper, the Nats arent in a very weak division when you consider the the strength of the Nats, Mets and the fading Braves compared to other divisions not much difference to the AL East or NL West.

      • bowdenball - Jul 31, 2015 at 12:55 PM

        It’s kind of masterfishkeeper to defend Boz, but he knew exactly what he was saying. He’s been writing eloquently for decades. If he meant to say “have been about the 15th best team” instead of “are the 15th best team” he would have written it that way.

      • masterfishkeeper - Jul 31, 2015 at 1:22 PM

        Guess I think less of the NL East than some of you! Here’s what Bos said:

        “The Nats are about the 15th-best team in baseball. They have outscored foes by a mere 33 runs. But their schedule has been so weak that their “Simple Rating System” score is 0.00 — meaning complete mediocrity.”

        The NL East is the only MLB division where only one team has a positive run differential, topped by the woeful Phillies, at -141. If the Nats were in a tougher division, they might have a negative run differential. I don’t think Boswell was saying more than that.

        Reasonable minds can differ, obviously.

    • ehay2k - Jul 31, 2015 at 12:58 PM

      To be fair to Boz? He shouldn’t be cherry picking a stat, which is what he appears to have done, to rank teams. He mentions run differential, and how the Nats only have a +33, but he fails to mention that only the Cards, Giants, Dodgers, and Pirates have a better number in the NL. The Nats are 11th overall in MLB, still a far cry from 15th.

      I just don’t understand where he gets his rankings. “Hmm, the Nats look mediocre to me, let’s pencil them in as 15th best team.” And where they are in all of MLB is totally irrelevant, because the top 5 teams in each league go to the postseason.

      To be fair to Boz, that article appeared to serve only to promote the stereotype that the Nats, and especially the “brash” Harper, think they are better than everyone else in MLB (as evidenced no doubt, by the Stras shutdown), and as this is all media tripe, it was beneath him.

      • masterfishkeeper - Jul 31, 2015 at 2:12 PM

        He was using the Simple Rating System, not just run differential. This is where he gets it from:

        http://www.baseball-reference.com/leagues/MLB/2015-standings.shtml

        It’s objective. Obviously, it doesn’t take into account injuries and other types of luck.

      • ehay2k - Jul 31, 2015 at 2:37 PM

        That appears to have the Nats in the 14th spot, and is certainly a case of cherry picking. And, the Nats are in 5th in the NL which is what counts. Still, I’m not sure that’s what he used, or if he used anything but his imagination.

  5. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 12:36 PM

    If it wasn’t mentioned, Trea Turner with a 3-5 day with a triple and 2 RBIs and his BA is in the .290’s.

    • Joe Seamhead - Jul 31, 2015 at 1:20 PM

      Steve,speaking of kids in the minors, I have also been keeping an eye on 2 pretty young kids from the Dominican Republic playing in low A ball Hagerstown for the first time this year. Both are young and raw, but have looked pretty good, so far.

      21 year old Bryan Mejia, primarily a 2B who has also played a little 3B and both corner OF spots. He’s a switch hitter hitting .315 with 34 hits and 13 xbh in 27 games. 2 errors at 2B, 1 in the OF

      Also, 22 y.o. Jose Marimolejos-Diaz 1B, hitting .292 96 hits and 38 xbh in 87 games, with 8 HR and 56 RBI’s. He has 7 errors in 491 innings at 1B

      Too early to make any real judgements, but I am going to go up and watch them for a game, or two. Suns Stadium is less than 1 1/2 hrs. from here.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 1:25 PM

        Joe, you got a great eye for talent. Unless I’ve seen these guys I don’t know them unless introduced to them by people like you or NatsJack. Thanks for putting them on our radar.

        I wish they were both younger. Let us know what you think when you see them in person. I don’t like 7 errors by any 1st baseman BTW.

        What do you think of Robles?

      • Joe Seamhead - Jul 31, 2015 at 1:46 PM

        I’m not familiar with Robles.
        As to the two kids I mentioned, they came along together. Both played 3 years of Rookie ball, and 1 season at short season Auburn. On paper Meija looks to be the better prospect, but the impressive thing about each of them is how much they have improved at each level.

    • letswin3 - Jul 31, 2015 at 1:31 PM

      I partially understand the need to defer Turner’s ascension to the majors ( for maximized control purposes), but he could be the answer to the need to replace Span in the leadoff roll in ’16. If I understand it right, the Nat’s would sacrifice one year of control by bringing him up to start the season, as opposed to calling him up later?? Regardless of control concerns, he could be a huge piece of the ’16 offense … maybe striking while the iron is still hot, would be better that waiting for a likely fuse igniter like Turner.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 1:35 PM

        Absolutely and Team control dictates that he won’t start his tenure until May to June of 2016 and your starting shortstop will either be Escobar or Espinosa with Rendon at 3rd or 2nd.

        This is why I wanted Turner to stay in AA for the remainder of the year but I understand they wanted Bostick to get work in with Difo.

        Turner is doing fine in AAA but it’s where I would have had him start a clean slate for the 2016 season.

        I’m still not counting out Turner for a September callup to get a taste. It would take a 40 man move to get him eligible which Rizzo might not want to do but we will see.

      • Steady Eddie - Jul 31, 2015 at 3:03 PM

        Also note that the Senators played Bostick in LF on Wednesday (against NH) suggesting they want to keep him in the organization and noting the possibility of a middle infield logjam with Turner and Difo also coming up with Esco and Espi already here for next year, that his value would increase as a utility OF backup. But so far, he’s still adjusting to AA at least at the plate.

        Not posting much as I’ve been in New Brunswick and now out of network in central Maine, but am looking forward to seeing hopefully Giolito start on Sunday against the Portland SeaDogs, and will keep track of those MI prospects and Severino too.

  6. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 12:44 PM

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/nationals-journal/wp/2015/07/31/ryan-zimmerman-on-drew-storen-if-its-possible-we-respect-him-even-more-now/

    Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman said,“For Drew to do what he’s doing and do whatever it takes for us to have the best chance to win kind of shows you what kind of person he is. I don’t think any of us could respect him more than we already did, but him doing that, I guess if it’s possible we respect him even more now. The last two times he came out in the eighth, to do what he did, obviously makes us a better team.”

    Good and sincere words and I remember Ryan’s transition away from 3rd base to LF then to 1st base was difficult but what would happen if tomorrow Span came back and Jayson Werth was told that MAT was taking his spot because “whatever it takes for us to have the best chance to win” or if it was MAT to LF and JDub to 1st would Ryan feel that way.

    For Drew it looms larger, he doesn’t have a contract to cover him for the remainder of his baseball days like both Ryan and JDub got and are set for life.

    • thisizit - Jul 31, 2015 at 1:02 PM

      Unfortunately the reality is that the selfish guy comes out ahead — he gets the 9th inning and the additional dollars and kudos that come with it. If any player has an option to be selfish and control what team he goes to, and on what terms, he will do so.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 1:10 PM

        If the Yankees get their wish and get Chapman or Kimbrel, they will do the same thing to 2 players in Miller and Betances. I think the big problem here is the “persona” of Papelbon as he ranks as one of the least liked players by the fans.

        Papelbon isn’t a likeable guy by fans of other teams so its easy to hate on him but I think he articulated his point well that he is at a point in his career where he had a choice of where to go and he wants to break the Saves record. The Nats were a fit for him and anywhere he went he would be taking someone’s place. Drew isn’t the 1st guy this has happened to and he’s not riding the pine or sent to AAA. He’s now an elite set-up man in the shadows of nobody and in the company of a handful of others like Betances and Wade Davis that hold that position.

      • zmunchkin - Jul 31, 2015 at 1:39 PM

        Well said Ghost.

    • natsnatsnatswoo - Jul 31, 2015 at 1:05 PM

      Storen will be fine. He goes to arbitration next year with 29 saves (maybe more) and that will be enough to get him closer money. Then if he continues to pitch well in an 8th inning role next year, when he hits free agency teams will be lining up to sign him as their next closer. The Nats may well be in that line, as they’ll need a closer too since Papelbon is only signed through 2016. So bottom line, Storen’s future is in no one’s hands but his own, which is all a player at his stage of a career could ask or expect.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 1:21 PM

        He’s making $5.6 million now and will get between $7 and $8 million in arbitration. In Free Agency he’s worth $10 to $11 million if he’s still considered elite.

        This is an ego hit. Tanner Roark is the one who took the big hit going from starter to bullpen to faltering in 2015. Talk about taking one for the team. Just wish he was performing well.

    • letswin3 - Jul 31, 2015 at 1:44 PM

      I’m really glad that I found this site a few years ago, because I get the benefit of terrific insight from you guys about issues like this. Your thoughts on stuff like the reactions of Paps and Storen, and comparing them with moves or potential moves involving Zim, Werth, Span, Roark, etc. gives me good reason to show up here nearly every day to read your thoughts (well, there are also a few dumb-ass remarks by others too). Thanks for sharing.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 1:58 PM

        Very kind of you. I know my personality rubs some people the wrong way many times but I try to take the drama out of the equation and give my takes on things. At the end of the day, I’m giving facts, observations and opinions.

        This team is better today than it was on Monday. My first choice was Chapman but I warmed quickly to Papelbon when I saw that it was Papelbon + cash for Pivetta.

  7. ehay2k - Jul 31, 2015 at 1:14 PM

    Ghost, perhaps this article will spur Papelbon on to get the record. And i’m all for that if the next 1.3 seasons he pitches lights out to get there!

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fancy-stats/wp/2015/07/30/jonathan-papelbon-wants-to-break-mariano-riveras-saves-record-he-wont/

  8. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 1:19 PM

    “@jonheymancbs: #Nats could be a possibility for cespedes. mike rizzo loves him. mets also make sense. price tag understandably high.”

    • Joe Seamhead - Jul 31, 2015 at 1:24 PM

      Now that would be an exciting development!

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 1:26 PM

        Could be to cause havoc for the Mets. I don’t see it unless we thought Span wasn’t coming back. He’s a rental and Mr. Lerner doesn’t like trading studs for rentals.

      • virginiascopist - Jul 31, 2015 at 1:29 PM

        I agree it’s about messing with the Mets (which I’m very much in favor of). I just don’t see a place for him here.

      • Joe Seamhead - Jul 31, 2015 at 1:33 PM

        Cespedes is also primarily a left fielder. Out of 436 career games in the OF he has only played 75 in CF. Let’s see now, Werth, Harper, Taylor, eventually Span…I’m a little slow, how would that work out? BTW,for the what it’s worth department, he also has been charged with a career worst 5 errors in LF already this year.

      • zmunchkin - Jul 31, 2015 at 1:48 PM

        If it happens and Span not available: Cespedes in left, Harper in center; and Werth back to right????

    • masterfishkeeper - Jul 31, 2015 at 1:24 PM

      I can’t see paying much for two months of Cespedes. But maybe the price will drop in the next 90 minutes. Tigers aren’t going anywhere and can’t give him a QO.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 1:27 PM

        The deadline is 2 1/2 hours away so times a ticking but like I said I can’t see where the Nats would make the move unless there’s something up with Span or Werth or MAT.

      • senators69 - Jul 31, 2015 at 1:33 PM

        Talked about the rumor on 106.7 just now. Agreed, BUT would be great to have Cespedes.
        Rizzo smart. If done, deal would make sense.

        Werth may have issues due to age and wrist. Span may have issues. Hence, Cespedes could make sense.

    • zmunchkin - Jul 31, 2015 at 2:06 PM

      Svrluga reporting that the Nats are not pursuing Cespedes.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 2:07 PM

        There you go. Just pulling the Mets chain. Like I said, if there was any truth to it would mean there was something seriously wrong with Span, MAT or Werth.

    • ehay2k - Jul 31, 2015 at 2:07 PM

      I don’t think Cespedes is really an option. OF is not much of a concern at the moment. It feels more like Mike Rizzo is playing serious poker with the Mets, and they will lose, one way or another.

      Of all the things we need, and there are not many, Catcher may be at the top of the list. And even that is far from an urgent need. We just need our original starting 8 guys back on the field.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 2:08 PM

        Someone just posted that Svruluga said Cespedes is not an option.

      • ehay2k - Jul 31, 2015 at 2:09 PM

        Posted as i typed my post.

    • Fred - Jul 31, 2015 at 4:29 PM

      Oh God yes yes yes

  9. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 1:28 PM

    Dan Haren traded to the Cubs. The Marlins are a funny team. Looks like the only Winter acquisition they will keep is Dee Gordon.

    • rlndtln - Jul 31, 2015 at 1:55 PM

      Maybe you guys would Trade Ross for Cespedes.Or is that too much to offer?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 1:59 PM

        No way but doubt Cespedes is real. Just probably jerking the Mets chain.

      • micksback1 - Jul 31, 2015 at 2:04 PM

        no way in hell would I give up Ross

      • texnat1 - Jul 31, 2015 at 2:14 PM

        I’d be more excited about Cespedes if he were a lefty. But I wouldn’t give up Ross for him in either case.

        Keep in mind the Nats are likely going to be looking to fill two rotations spots next year. If you take Ross out of the equation, that gets a lot harder. Ross is too valuable to give up for a rental.

      • masterfishkeeper - Jul 31, 2015 at 2:16 PM

        Let’s see. 60 games of a fourth outfielder and you can’t even get a QO on him. Or a young, talented starting pitcher with years of control.

        rlndtln, you really must be Jim Bowden.

    • ehay2k - Jul 31, 2015 at 2:02 PM

      Don’t be so sure! 😉

    • masterfishkeeper - Jul 31, 2015 at 2:14 PM

      The Cubs? Haren pitching in Wrigley will not be pretty.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 2:17 PM

        No it won’t unless the wind is blowing in. Rumor was the Cubs were looking to the Oreos for a middle relief pitcher Tommy Hunter. That seemed to cool and I don’t get that either if it happens.

    • Hiram Hover - Jul 31, 2015 at 3:02 PM

      Someone above wondered how Stanton feels about this, but c’mon – he’s a big buy and knew whom he’s dealing with.

      I think the only real question is how more times this will happen before Stanton reaches his opt–Marlins build up and tear in the space of 6-8 months.

      • Hiram Hover - Jul 31, 2015 at 3:02 PM

        While Stanton is in fact a “big buy” I’m pretty sure I meant “big boy” there.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 3:21 PM

        A tiger doesn’t change his stripes. Stanton knew what he was dealing with the Marlins. This is what they do and they under-performed even with the injuries. Losing Henderson Alvarez was huge but they were getting Jose Fernandez back. Oh well.

  10. micksback1 - Jul 31, 2015 at 2:03 PM

    Just listen to Mark on 980, Cespedes BA is 290. I would love to see him on rental. that would be the bat and would allow Span to rest more. I also think Werth is declining

    • rlndtln - Jul 31, 2015 at 2:13 PM

      Nats NOT interested in Cespedes.MLB station.

      • micksback1 - Jul 31, 2015 at 2:14 PM

        oh well, that ends that

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 2:38 PM

      Someone from the Nats camp decided to have fun with it and sent it to someone who ran with it as a jab to the Mets. I think it’s hilarious then Svruluga said there’s no truth to it.

      1 hour 25 minutes to go and the Mets are trying to get either JUpton, Cespedes or Bruce. JUp and Cespedes are both short-term rentals and Preller might not pull the trigger on JUp. The Tigers made 2 good trades and got back great youth so they could afford to hang on to Cespedes. Bruce is on a nice contract with the Reds and they don’t need to trade him.

      Padres better make some moves quickly. They have to trade JUpton. Just hoping the Mets get nobody.

  11. ehay2k - Jul 31, 2015 at 2:44 PM

    Soooo, if you are the Mets, do you think the Nats are saying that they are NOT interested in Cespedes just to throw people off the scent, and that they are really in hot pursuit of him? Is this another Rizzo feint?

    Fun times!

  12. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 2:45 PM

    Preller traded for Justin Upton in the off-season and gave up Jace Peterson, Max Fried (7th pick overall), Dustin Peterson, and Mallex Smith.

    That was a lot to give up. Can he get back a player near Max Fried’s value and more. If Preller keeps Upton he gets a QO comp pick.

  13. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 3:04 PM

    Not a big surprise, DBacks are “out” on Chapman. Was just ridiculous from the start.

    • ehay2k - Jul 31, 2015 at 3:36 PM

      This can only mean that the Nats will get Chapman in return for Cutter Dykstra and den Dekker!

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 3:39 PM

        LMAO. Big mistake by the Reds as his value is worth now than in the off-season.

  14. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 4:16 PM

    Oreos luck out as they are playing the Tigers this weekend and the Tigers were already without Miggy Cabrera and now trade Cespedes, David Price and their closer Soria.

    The Tigers bullpen is beyond bad and whoever they plug in won’t be great.

  15. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 4:20 PM

    The Mets did well at the trade deadline with adding Clip (lost Mejia), got Uribe, Kelly Johnson and Yoenis Cespedes. They are without David Wright and Cuddyer.

    Are they better today than they were on Opening Day?

    I would say slightly better.

  16. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 31, 2015 at 4:22 PM

    Mike Morse is now a Pittsburgh Pirate. The Dodgers barely knew him.

    • stoatva - Jul 31, 2015 at 4:57 PM

      Shiver me timbers!

      He totally needs an eye patch.

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ON THE RADIO

As ESPN-980 AM's Nats Insider, Mark makes daily appearances on the station's various shows. Here's the 2015 schedule (subject to change)...

MON: 12:45 p.m.
TUE: 2:30 p.m.
WED: 4:30 p.m.
THU: 2:30 p.m.
FRI: 5:30 p.m.
SAT: 10:30 a.m.

*All times Eastern. You can also listen to the station on 94.3 FM, 92.7 FM and online at ESPN980.com. Click here for past audio clips.

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