"This trade brings us a quality, young player, who has the potential to develop into a solid leadoff hitter and outstanding defensive second baseman." (Jim Bowden, via Nationals dot com, 7/22/2008)
Gut reaction: Good* deal, fine, but too many vowels, we'll never get the spelling right.
Score one point for Jimbo's job security (H/T to Rizzo). Middle infield is one of those big empty spots in that magical pipeline Stan's been talking up. Now, the heir apparent to Orlando Hudson in AZ is off to Columbus for a little more seasoning, then penciled in as the leadoff hitter and second baseman of the future here in Washington. Sounds good.
Short term, yeah, Rauch will be sorely missed. Thanks for the memories, you big lug.
*Although, you have to wonder if it was the best deal -- why not wait another week and then pull the trigger?
(AP Photo by David Zalubowski)