(Photo of Mike Rizzo on TV by Nationals Enquirer Staff.)
"The Nick Johnson trade was made because we got the prospect that we wanted in return. There was a reason it went until a few minutes before the Trade Deadline. We knew the player we identified as the guy we wanted. We waited for him. The Marlins came back to us at 17 minutes before the Deadline and gave us the player we wanted."
(Mike Rizzo, via Nationals dot com, 7/31/2009)
Nothing for Something? Or Something for Nothing?
Beimel, Johnson: Gone. Rizzo flipped 'em for prospects, but did he get enough?
Rizzo says he got his man in Aaron Thompson; Mattheus and Fabian are bigger risks.
Thom Loverro isn't convinced the Nats got any value in any of 'em. But we're with Needham: Beimel and NJ had zero long-term value for the club. At least in Thomson, Mattheus, and Fabian, you have a *chance* at extracting some value down the road.
The morning after, we're giving Rizzo the benefit of the doubt on these moves. (And we won't ask why Willingham is still here.)