In light of the recent trade that sent Vernon Wells to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, saving the Toronto Blue Jays about $80 million, Fangraphs took a look at the most lopsided trades in history. Number two on their list was a trade that was done by Montreal just a few years before they came to Washington. While it wasn’t completed by the Nationals, if it had not occurred the Nationals landscape could be extraordinarily different today.
The trade sent three future all-star’s, Brandon Philips, Cliff Lee, and Grady Sizemore to the Cleveland Indians for Bartolo Colon. Could you imagine if the Expos had been able to hold on to Lee, Sizemore, and Philips for just a few more seasons, at least until the club got to Washington? The last five years could have been completely different with arguably the best second baseman and starting pitcher in baseball. Throw in one of the most productive outfielders when healthy and the Nationals could have been competing by now.
Instead Omar Minaya made the choice to trade away any future the club had in a last ditch attempt to get the Expos in the playoffs. It failed, and the rest is history.
Mark Zuckerman Gets Hired By CSN
A special congratulations to Mark Zuckerman. The former Washington Times Nationals beat writer got laid off, along with dozens of other sports writers, when the paper decided to discontinue their sports section last year. Wanting to continue to cover the Nationals, Zuckerman started his own site NatsInsider.com and was able to make a living off of it for a year, giving inspiration to many sports journalists who have lost their jobs in recent years.
Yesterday Comcast Sports Net announced that they would be buying Nats Insider and hiring Zuckerman full time. Congrats to both of them.
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