Nats Overpay for Fat SS, Trade Best RP

guzman-all-star.jpgThe Nats love rewarding overweight 30-somethings in the midst of late-career years with new deals (see: Dmitri Young, Ronnie Belliard), and, by giving Christian Guzman a two-year, $16 million contract, it’s evident they’ll continue buying high and keeping expectations low.

The other big news of the day is they shipped Jon Rauch to Arizona for switch-hitting speedster Emilio Bonifacio, and that stinks too. Rauch had been the team’s most effective reliever this season and a bullpen stalwart for years. He’s also cheaply under contract through 2009 with an option for ’10.

In his place, they now have Bonifacio, a 23 year-old who posted a .685 OPS (.333 OBP) in a full season of Double-A ball last year. Jim Bowden paints a rosy picture — “Bonifacio is slated to be the everyday second baseman and leadoff hitter for the Nationals” — but a .685 OPS in the minors doesn’t translate to Major League success. It translates to Major League suckage.

He should fit in just fine.

3 thoughts on “Nats Overpay for Fat SS, Trade Best RP”

  1. Haha yes, and I will still go to games, because I am a glutton for punishment. (case in point: went to 2 ND away games last year and have tickets for more games this year.)

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