A week that began with swirling rumors about the clubs top two sluggers ends with two unexpected deals, an international signing, and a walk off bomb from ‘Mr. Clutch,’ Ryan Zimmerman.
Teammates surround Ryan Zimmerman after the third baseman hit a three run walk-off home run in the bottom of the 9th inning Saturday night to help the Nationals win 6-5 over the Philadelphia Phillies. The homer was Zimmerman’s seventh walk-off shot in his young five year career.
The Nationals say goodbye to two All-Stars, shortstop Cristian Guzman and closer Matt Capps, as they were both traded to American League contenders. While Guzman initially used his 10-5 designation to veto his trade to Texas, both Capps and Guzman were eventually sent away for a strong set of prospects.
The Nationals announced the signing of Yunesky Maya on Sunday. The 28-year-old Cuban pitching standout signed a four-year MLB contract reported to be worth between six and eight million dollars. Maya could be available to pitch by the end of August.
Despite being considered the biggest trade bait at the deadline, first baseman Adam Dunn will stay a National for the remainder of the 2010 season. Dunn and the Nationals will attempt to work on a contract extension to keep the former All-Star in Washington.