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    Interesting Article...

    Look for Nationals to be active shoppers
    Ken Rosenthal / FOXSports.com
    Posted: 20 hours ago

    Teams under new ownership often try to impress their fans by adding name talent.

    The Nationals could do just the opposite, trading veterans for prospects before the July 31 non-waiver deadline.

    The most likely to be moved: Right-hander Livan Hernandez and right fielder Jose Guillen.

    The most pivotal figure: Left fielder Alfonso Soriano.

    While new owner Ted Lerner might not retain general manager Jim Bowden, his group would be foolish to waste its first significant opportunity to improve the club, which spent years floundering under Major League Baseball's ownership.

    Judging from the stated goals of incoming team president Stan Kasten — build from the ground up, achieve long-term success — the Nationals likely will use every method available to replenish their depleted farm system.

    The team holds four of the top 70 picks in the June amateur draft, including Nos. 15 and No. 20. It could add perhaps another half-dozen players through trades — and Soriano, 30, is their most marketable talent.

    The preferred option for the Nats might be to sign Soriano long-term, ensuring that he remains part of their core of 30-and-under players — right-hander John Patterson, 28, closer Chad Cordero, 24 and catcher Brian Schneider, 29; first baseman Nick Johnson, 27 and third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, 21.

    Though struggling now, Livan Hernadnez could prove valuable to a team in a pennant race. (Chris Trotman / Getty Images)

    A trade, however, would make sense if Soriano wanted to become a free agent and return to second base with another club. It is unlikely that the Nats would trade second baseman Jose Vidro, who is guaranteed $7.5 million in 2007 and $8.5 million in '08 and possesses limited no-trade protection. Most contenders do not view second base as a primary need.

    Once the Nationals' new owners take over — the sale is expected to be approved when major-league owners meet in New York on May 17-18 — the team will need to gauge Soriano's intentions to determine its next step.

    A trade, however, would make sense if Soriano wanted to become a free agent and return to second base with another club. As a left fielder, Soriano would make sense for the Dodgers, Cardinals and Padres. The Angels, actively seeking hitter, have no obvious position for Soriano.

    It is unlikely that the Nationals would clear Soriano's return to second by trading Jose Vidro, who is guaranteed $7.5 million in 2007 and $8.5 million in '08 and possesses limited no-trade protection. Most contenders do not view second base as a primary need.

    At the very least, the Nationals seem likely to entertain offers for Guillen, 29, who is earning $4 million while awaiting free agency, and Hernandez, 31, who is guaranteed $8 million this season, $7 million in '07 and $8 million in '08.

    Guillen wants to sign an extension with the Nationals, but he has a volatile history and could be an affordable short-term solution for a contender. Hernandez, 1-4 with a 6.52 ERA, will be in greater demand — a noted innings-eater, he could revive in a pennant race.

    The Nats, though, also figure to consider other options. Johnson, under contract at $5.5 million per season from 2007-09, could attract interest from the Giants, A's and Angels, all of which are getting poor production at first base. Schneider, earning an average of $4.4 million from '07-'09, could appeal to the Phillies, Rockies and Angels, among other clubs.

    Bowden, one of the game's most creative minds, is not afraid to make deals. He has been strongly linked to the Lerner group, though many in baseball believe that he would not mesh with Kasten.

    Bowden also faces an additional obstacle — he recently was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol in Miami. He pleaded not guilty.

    An ownership taking its first stab at rebuilding. A G.M. making potentially his last stand.

    Put it all together, and it should be a very interesting summer in Washington.

    Ken Rosenthal is FOXSports.com's senior baseball writer.

    Though struggling now, Livan Hernadnez could prove valuable to a team in a pennant race. Which is true should we try for him?? I would in a hearbeat
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    Re: Interesting Article...

    I want no part of Livan Hernandez. He's Eric Milton circa 2005, part deux.
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    Re: Interesting Article...

    Quote Originally Posted by Red Leader
    I want no part of Livan Hernandez. He's Eric Milton circa 2005, part deux.
    The man has thrown a ton of picthes in the 21st century.

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    1    Livan Hernandez            6044   1417.1     0.32       30   
    2    Bartolo Colon              5507   1316.2     0.67       94   
    3    Javier Vazquez             5505   1316       0.40       89   
    4    Greg Maddux                5468   1337.2     0.86      132   
    5    Tom Glavine                5453   1292       0.76      106   
    6    Randy Johnson              5403   1343.2     1.48      251   
    7    Tim Hudson                 5387   1296.1     1.20      166   
    8    Jeff Suppan                5324   1229.2     0.03       37   
    9    Jeff Weaver                5274   1232.1     0.19        4   
    10   Roger Clemens              5158   1242       1.13      151

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    Re: Interesting Article...

    Unless a healthy John Patterson is available, I can't think of much the Nationals have that I would be interested in. Although, if Armas Jr. keeps pitching well, I think the Reds should look his way at some point. Inexpensive guy who gives you an upgrade over at least Dave Williams if not more guys on this staff. Too bad DanO was doing his thing when Armas re-upped with the Nats over the winter because I thought he would fit in well in Cincinnati and was a cheap upgrade for the back of the rotation.
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    Re: Interesting Article...

    If they're not going to sign Guillen to an extension, I could see Bowden speed-dialing Brian Cashman this morning looking for a match. That said, I have no idea who or what the Nats need.

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    The Nats need alot, especially long-term.

    Their system is as thin as the Reds... hmm... a pattern here???
    When all is said and done more is said than done.

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    Re: Interesting Article...

    Quote Originally Posted by dabvu2498
    The Nats need alot, especially long-term.

    Their system is as thin as the Reds... hmm... a pattern here???
    That's more on the previous ownership, they stripped it bare then sold.
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