"I said, 'Is this 60 yards legit?' ... 'Or is this a Dominican 60 yards?' ''
(Mike Rizzo, via Washington Post, 7/23/2008)
"I love Jon Rauch. Very difficult. But you have to trade a reliever when you have a chance to get an everyday position player who's 23 in our long-term plan."
(Jim Bowden, via Washington Times, 7/23/2008)
Just one prospect.
The general theme we're picking up on out in world as folks try to absorb the Big Jon-for-Little Emilio deal is that the Nats should've gotten more for Jon Rauch. Just one prospect!!?!11? Underwhelming. A prospect who, by the looks of his minor league stats, is not just what the proverbial doctor ordered for an offensively challenged team. Rauch stands at 6' 11". Bonifacio 5' 10". Based on height alone, clearly the Nats got the short end of the stick.
This much seems clear: Emilio Bonifacio's got wheels and a good glove, and huge question marks about whether he'll develop into a major leage leadoff hitter. But he's a guy Mike Rizzo has been pining for much in the same way Jimbo pines for his ex-Reds. He's a building block. Given Rizzo's track record in picking players in AZ, we trust that he knows what he's doing. Could they have gotten more for Rauch? Maybe. Would it have made sense to wait another week to see if you could've netted a sweeter deal for Big Jon? Probably. But we're willing to assume that the guy who will be Jimbo's replacement in the very near future knows what he's doing. We're OK with this deal.
Video above, we have no idea what Emilio is saying -- did he just kick that reporter?
Sorry to see Jon Rauch go. He is a good teammate and person. He will help the Diamondbacks for their playoff push. Good luck to him the rest of this season and beyond.
For us to get another 23 year old position player is great. I don't know much about him but I can't wait to see him play. I have heard he is the fastest guy in baseball and speed never goes in a slump.
Wheels don't slump, baby!
Ken Rosenthal's take on the trade over at Fox Sports dot com is worth a read (his comments on the Guzman deal are worth your time, too):
Some rival scouts and executives...only project Bonfacio as a utility man. Others were baffled that the Nats were locked in on acquiring a second baseman for Rauch.