Jordan Tuwiner wrote:If Tillman can pitch like a #3 or #4 pitcher and Gonzalez hangs on as a solid #5 I think offense is the bigger priority. However, if they continue to lack consistency behind Chen and Hammel then pitching is obviously the bigger concern.
Absolutely agree with what you're saying; however, my question would be this: should we be addressing those issues DURING this season, which will cost us more; or AFTER the season which will cost us less.
Matt P wrote:I wouldn't mind if they didn't make any more trades. I would rather see Tillman, Britton, Gonzalez, Arrieta, or Matusz than a Joe Saunders type guy for the rest of the season. The one guy who I really would like to see them make a move for is Chase Headley who I've been talking about for months now. He would really be a perfect fit. However, if they feel Machado is going to be ready for Opening Day next season I wouldn't mind if they decided to stick with what they have now.
Jordan Tuwiner wrote:I don't think Machado will be ready for opening day next season, but he should be up in the first half next year.
That's the reason I'd be willing to trade Hardy by the deadline. We're going to have to move him at some point for Machado, his value will never be higher than this July, and what we get for him would be about what we'd have to give up for Headley.
Matt P wrote:Why do you guys want to trade Hardy? I would rather him at 3B or SS next year than anyone who is going to be a FA this off season. There is no SS or 3B in the system that will be challenging for a spot in the next few years other than Machado. He's an incredible defensive player who has good power. He's not a top or middle of the order hitter but him hitting at the bottom of the order with his power potential and great defense is pretty good value for $7M per season.
Jordan Tuwiner wrote:This all makes it even worse that they didn't deal him last year. They probably could've gotten a B+ guy in return.
I could see the Nats giving up either Rendon or Meyer for him. He may be the last piece of their puzzle this year and they could justify the cost because he would be affordable for two more years.
Jordan Tuwiner wrote:Why would the Nats want Hardy?