That is an...interesting...move for the Marlins. Willingham and Olsen wouldn't have been bad fits for the Reds, especially considering the asking price.The Washington Nationals began their rebuilding process Monday, agreeing to a trade for left fielder Josh Willingham and lefty starter Scott Olsen of the Florida Marlins for a package of players.
The Nats traded away second baseman Emilio Bonifacio, who hit .243 in 49 games last season, and two minors leaguers in pitcher P.J. Dean and shortstop Jake Smolinski, sources told ESPN's Peter Gammons.
Olsen, went 8-11 with a 4.20 ERA in 33 starts for the Marlins last year, while Willingham -- who can also play first base -- hit .254 with 15 homers.
Bonaficio is a career .240 hitter, who was traded to Washington for Jon Rauch by Arizona last season. His quickness fills Florida's need to improve its right-side defense.
Dean went 4-1 with a 1.57 ERA in 10 starts in the Gulf Coast League last season while Smolinski hit .306 in the New York-Penn League.