Yankees pick up Brad Meyers, STL picks up Erik Komatsu.
A fellow blogger (For the Cubs at View from the Bleachers) asked about Meyers earlier, so I got a little thing ready about him,
As crazy as it may sound he doesn't fit well into the Nats plans. He'd
likely be the 4th starter in AAA next year (behind Peacock, Milone, and
Detwiler) and does not have an age advantage despite being only 26.
Lannan is only a year older and Zimmermann, Strasburg, and the three
guys I mentioned are all the same age or younger. Plus they have 5 guys
(Purke, Meyer, Solis, Cole and Ray) they'd love to be able to move up
to AA and AAA if needed. So as good as he seems, he might not be in
their top 10 pitchers projecting a couple years into the future.
It also doesn't help that Purke, Anthony Rendon, and Bryce Harper
are all taking up roster spots even though none are likely to play more
than a month and half in the majors next year. So really the Nats only
have 37 spots on the 40 available and they got players to sign.
Obviously the somewhat recent injury
and the necessity to keep him in the majors all season weren't deterrents
enough. My guess is the Yanks do go ahead and try him as a starter first then push him into a reliever role if that fails.
Erik Komatsu? At 23 he still might become something as he has a good eye and has hit well for average more often than not, but he doesn't have the fielding ability to play CF and he doesn't have the pop in the bat to play the corners. The most likely scenario that I see is that he has a couple cups of coffee in the majors, maybe ends up as a 4th OF somewhere. I'm really not sure what the Cardinals see that they'd keep a guy like this on the roster all year long.
If you don't like the Nats losing these guys, I'll warn you that it's not going to get any better. I'd keep an eye out each of
the next couple years on the Nats minor league FAs and Rule V guys.
With the depth of starters they are bound to have some useful pieces
they can't protect.