Nats’ Trade a Good One

24 Jul

Emilio Bonifacio packs his bags for D.C.

The Washington Nationals traded 6’11” reliever Jon Rauch to the AZ D-Backs for a young second baseman named Emilio Bonifacio. Bonifacio has great speed and tons of potential. In fact, Nats GM Jim Bowden has already penciled in young Emilio as his starting 2nd sacker in 2009.

I liked Rauch and think he did an OK job while in Washington, but it was a solid move if the Nationals end up getting a starter with speed on the basepaths (a great need at the present time). Rauch is nearly 30 years old, Bonifacio is just 23. Looks like Felipe Lopez will be traded and Ronnie Belliard will be in a back-up role next season. Joel Hanrahan, who has done quite well in limited action in ’08, will assume the Nationals’ closer role. It appears Chad “The Chief” Cordero is probably toast — the Nats will likely let him fly the coop at season’s end. Too bad … he was so dominant in his first year with the club.

How much longer will Nats’ fans wait patiently for a competitive team in the Nations Capital? I say next year is key. The clock is ticking louder with each passing day and Jim Bowden & his loyalists have to produce … or I think they’ll be sent packing sooner than later.

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