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Gio a princely acquisition for Nationals

Posted on: December 22, 2011 6:29 pm
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Now that the on-the-move Nationals have snagged ace pitcher Gio Gonzalez in a prospect-heavy deal with Oakland, they've got a rotation that puts them squarely on the launching pad in the NL East and brings with it one obvious reaction.

For that, I turn to the Twitter account of one Bryce Harper, who exuberantly tweeted Thursday afternoon: "Now all we need to do is get Prince! hah."

Can you imagine?

The Nationals at least are camped on Prince Fielder's front doorstep, one of a number of clubs talking with the slugging first baseman as the winter shopping season hurtles toward its next big target. And the Nationals do have a very good relationship with Fielder's representative, Scott Boras -- see Harper, Stephen Strasburg and Jayson Werth, among others.

Maybe that's far-fetched dreaming. After all, Werth is only headed into Year Two of that $126 million deal. And though the Nationals are located near U.S. Mint headquarters in Washington, D.C., the printing presses that spit out currency are not located in Nationals Park. Would the Lerners have dough -- and, more importantly, the guts -- to roll with both Werth and Fielder?

Of course, after watching the long, torturous slog that brought them from Montreal to rat-infested RFK Stadium to present day, it's hard to believe that the Nationals are finally on the threshold of playing with the big boys in the NL East. But they are.

In Gonzalez, Strasburg and Jordan Zimmermann, they not only have a very good front three in their rotation, but they have a trio of young arms they can control for the next several years.

Even without Gonzalez and, essentially, Strasburg last year, the Nationals' 3.58 ERA ranked seventh in the majors.

Ryan Zimmerman is a Gold Glove third baseman and team leader, Danny Espinosa and Ian Desmond are very solid in the middle of the infield, Wilson Ramos is the good, young catcher so many teams would love to have and Michael Morse, who can play first base or left field, is a monstrously strong young man who became a legitimate power threat in 2011. And people are dying to see whether Harper will make the club out of camp this spring.

Philadelphia is Philadelphia, Atlanta remains a force and the Marlins have spent more money than the Yankees this winter. The entire NL East will be playing at a higher level (well, everybody but the Mets).

For the Nationals to become kings of the divison, it just might take a Prince.

Failing that? The Nationals -- 80-81 last year, and 21 1/2 games behind the Phillies -- are moving from rebuilding to intriguing, and quickly.
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brian8ball
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Posted on: December 23, 2011 8:56 pm
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Since: May 12, 2008
Posted on: December 23, 2011 6:39 pm
 

Gio a princely acquisition for Nationals

lmao that has to be by far the most moronic statement my eyes have ever seen ! its a slap in the face of mr ilitch who has never wavered from putting every dollar possible into this team yr in and out.  For god sakes he offered juan fricking gonzalez 8yrs and 150 or so million coming off a year where we lost almost every game.  our team attendance was in teh top ten as was our payroll and as far as comerica park being a hitters park that goes to show your not a baseball fan but maybe you watch alot of soap operas



Since: Apr 13, 2008
Posted on: December 23, 2011 5:44 pm
 

Gio a princely acquisition for Nationals

Rangers fan here - As far as Prince is concerned it really doesnt matter (to me) if we get him or not.  The notion that we need to compete for off season talking points is obsurd - we will compete on the field where it matters and hopefully get back to the WS and do something this time.

As far as the Nationals - Im happy to see a team that has been so bad in recent years make some progression and give their fans hope, it's nice to see the shoe on the other foot.... and more importantly it's nice to have the original big market teams appear to be scared of the once thought of small market nothing teams...

A quick observation - If you look on the FA articles most of these FA "over spending" comments aren't comming from the fans of that team - it is mostly Yankee / Boston fans!  Looks to me like a sign of weakness, but it could be old age and that they are afraid of change - You decide

Go Rangers!




Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: December 23, 2011 5:24 pm
 

Gio a princely acquisition for Nationals

No it is because the Tiger's can not put fan's in the seats so you could not afford a guy like Gio.Instead you have a pitcher who is way under .500 lifetime,and who gave up an average of 5 runs per game as your number 2 starter.

Clownboy. Here you go again spewing your nonesense and crap all over these boards.  The Tigers sold 79 percent of their seats last year, good for 10th in all of MLB.  And the Tigers were 13th in tickets sold, also far from awful in a down Michigan economy.  As for the "can't afford" Gio comment, the Tigers payroll was 10th in all of MLB last year.

Finally, what drugs are you on when you respond to posts on CBS and really Brian, how stupid can you possibly be?  Detroit's number 2 pitcher is Doug Fister who I believe was top 5 or top 10 in era last season.  As for his career record, are you THAT much of a moron? He played for the Seattle Mariners who haven't hit a baseball well in years.  Felix Hernandez who is by far a better pitcher then anybody your Yankees have only has 85 wins in 205 career starts.  Any baseball fan knows you can't blame a pitcher for wins when he gets literally one run per game of support his last 10 starts with the team. Fister's record with the Tigers this year in 11 starts? 8-1.

Moron. 



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: December 23, 2011 4:05 pm
 

Gio a princely acquisition for Nationals

If the Rangers sign Fielder, it will cost them dearly & I'm not talking about the 200M$ it will take to get him.Hamilton,Cruz,Kinsler,& Napoli have been playing below market value & it's almost time for them to get paid.Is Fielder such a hot commodity that some of the aforementioned stars are expendable?I say no,but the Rangers seem hell bent to keep up with the Angels.They are still stinging from Wilson joining the enemy & adding Pujols to boot.Right now the Angels are the talk of the A L & the Rangers  don't kike it one bit!


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Posted on: December 23, 2011 3:29 pm
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Since: Mar 22, 2011
Posted on: December 23, 2011 3:13 pm
 

Gio a princely acquisition for Nationals

Prince will be a Texas Ranger.  Bank on it.

In Nolan we trust.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: December 23, 2011 3:12 pm
 

Gio a princely acquisition for Nationals

I'd be concerned about what they gave up to get Gio.  Three of their top 10 prospects including 2 of their top 5?  Just my opinion but that seems a little steep for a pitcher who with only a few years under his belt.  I would also be willing to bet that Gonzalez' numbers might be a little deceiving since he pitches many of his games in Oakland.  What's going to happen when he comes to a hitter friendly park?  It's always a risk to switch leagues too, there have been many players that go from one league to the other and struggle.

Those were some of the reasons why I had no interest in the Detroit Tigers trading for Gio.   Oakland is one of the best pitcher's parks in MLB where Comerica Park in Detroit is a great hitter's park.  Only average for home runs but anywhere from top 2 to top 10 in hits, doubles and triples.   They wanted Detroit's top 3 prospects for Gio including 2 starting pitcher prospects and one of the best 3rd base prospects in the minors in all of MLB.

That being said Washington isn't much of a hittters park either.... so he should do ok 



Since: Dec 14, 2008
Posted on: December 23, 2011 1:00 pm
 

Gio a princely acquisition for Nationals

Nice move by the Nats.  They gave up some good prospects but they got a 26 year old power lefty that won 16 games and pitched 202 innings.  He only made $420K last year and they control his rights for the next few years.  They can resign him to a modest extension that will be club friendly during his prime years.

What's not to like?  They prospects they gave up were going to be bullpen or 4-5 starters anyway.  So now you have Stras/Zim/Gio/Lannan and ? as your rotation.  That's pretty good.  Nice move Rizzo!


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