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  1. good read. now they just need the starting pitchers to put it together… actually the starters are kinda sleeper-ific, no?

    there’s an article about that on our site.

    Kennedy and Hudson are legit and Saunders/duke somehow find a way to win….somehow

    with an improved bullpen they could be looking at a short turnaround (read: a few years) a la the Towers Padres. Especially if Putz performs as expected (35+ saves? maybe?)

    again, wrote him up over at our site if anyone is curious to take a look.

    good article

    nats in 2015

    Comment by will@duckfromthepond — February 2, 2011 @ 1:33 pm

  2. I hope Zavada gets another shot in their bullpen. I think he can be a valuable LOOGY.

    Plus, he has the best facial hair in baseball.

    Comment by Chops — February 2, 2011 @ 1:48 pm

  3. Here’s the thing with CLay …. he’s a changeup specialist that throws left-handed.

    He’s better against RHB than LHB.

    The org tried to get him to improve his curveball, and last I heard it was not up to the “major league curveball” standards.

    I talked to him last year after his surgery and the he and the staff are adding a cutter. That would have been my first choice since, [1] its easy to learn, [2] it’s easier to control, [3] it’s thrown at a higher velocity, and [4] hey, it works against both LHB and RHB.

    If you’re going to throw a curve at the ML level,it’d better be a good one (relative to ML curveballs) otherwise it’s going to be BP.

    Note: The facial hair is gone. No more handlebar moustache.

    What remains to be seen is whether he can sustain the 9+ K/9 and 1> HR/9 rates, that led to him being wiorth 0.4 WAR in slightly less than 50 IP.

    Comment by CircleChange11 — February 2, 2011 @ 3:12 pm

  4. Well it’s nice that they will have a better bullpen but trotting out Melvin Mora instead of Mark Reynolds and Joe Saunders instead of Dan Haren doesn’t help much.

    Comment by Preston — February 2, 2011 @ 3:56 pm

  5. Sure it does Preston. I’ll take mora’s .285 avg over Reynolds .197 avg any day of the week. And Haren was a mid 4 ERA pitcher for the dbacks last year before being traded.

    Comment by Mike — February 2, 2011 @ 10:08 pm

  6. …you’re joking, right?

    Comment by Jdub220 — February 3, 2011 @ 1:17 am

  7. Dan Haren is a durable, proven, front of the rotation guy, in the prime of his career. Mark Reynolds hit 44 home runs in 2009. In exchange for those two pieces they got no elite young talent in return. Edwin Jackson netting them Daniel Hudson will give them more value than they got for Dan Haren and Mark Reynolds combined. It’s a joke. Both of these moves were salary dumps. And I’m sure Melvin Mora will hit for a higher average and strike out less than Mark Reynolds next year. To bad Mark Reynolds will get on base more and hit for way more power.

    Comment by Preston — February 3, 2011 @ 1:52 am

  8. Dbacks actually got really good young elite talent back from the Haren trade. Maybe not big league ready but the guys they got were both first rounders. They also both pitched real well in the time they had with us in the minors. They got Saunders, a very good pitcher, not quite front of the rotation type guy, but a good veteran. The other relief pitcher that i dont know if we even have anymore is the only piece of that trade i dont like. Hudson for Jackson was a steal. The dbacks have alot of young talent in their system especially at the A level. The Reynolds trade is good because he strikes out way too much and dumps salary. Dbacks have plenty of pieces coming up within the next couple of years, so watch for them to become a legit team within the next 2 years or so.

    Comment by corey — February 3, 2011 @ 2:17 pm

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