and thought the Nats might deal for Matt Kemp. Ain't happenin' (but is misbehavin'... anyone? anyone?)
Matt Kemp was a consistently below average fielding CF, with the possibility of shifting to awful as he ages. But oh that offense. A .300+ hitter with very good power will (and should) make you forget about D every time. The Nats were never serious contenders for the guy, but if you are on the World Series in the next two-three years bandwagon, then Kemp in center would have worked. Of course if you can live with him in center because of the offense, you probably can do the same for Bryce.
Really, though I point this out to show you how much he costs. Twenty mill a year for 8 years. That's almost Werth money! Coupled with the Melky trade, you can see how (over)valued CFs are right now. Upton will be very expensive. Fowler would cost more than you think. We should all be able to understand if the Nats can't make a deal for one and end up with a fill-in, much like Ankiel last year. (Except on purpose not because Rizzo got mad one day and decided to give up on Nyjer for pennies on the dollar.) Signing a Corey Patterson or Endy Chavez is not a playoff move, because with one slumping player you'd have that dead end of the lineup 7-9 you don't want to have, but if the Nats are serious about Bryce in center and/or don't want to overpay in trades or contracts, it may just be the best move for 2012.
(personally I say overpay in trades for Upton.)
Oh and speaking about Bryce, he's hitting .263 with 0 HR, 0BBs, and 6 Ks in his last 5 games. I'm not drawing any conclusions about Bryce and his talent - I'm just noting this because if he went .450 with 5 HRs during that time span I'm sure we'd be hearing all about it. We need to look at his stats over extended periods for evaluation, not validation of what we think we already know. We'll get back to this when the AFL wraps up in a couple weeks.