Why oh why did I cash out those bearer bonds and put them into a Bank of America savings account?
OK so I'm on vacation and the Nats finally do something and then they won. Hooray?
I question big time the timing of these moves. As sports guys et al have noted earlier, that Braves series marked the end of any tough series the Nats. Sure I don't think the schedule upcoming is as easy as some have made it out to be, but the truth is it isn't hard. They will start winning more regardless of the make-up of the roster. It's just going to happen. By waiting until yesterday to make these moves you guarantee that the moves will be associated with more winning, even if it would have happened on some level anyway. It's a brilliant strategical move to make yourself look better. It's a terrible move though to stand pat on moves that were obvious weeks ago.
But this is all speculation. Perhaps Rizzo isn't trying to maximize the perception of his own value. Perhaps he really just is dumb and it took him this long to think that Espy needed a break, and that Duke and H-Rod weren't major league roster material on a team looking to the playoffs. I'm willing to hear that argument.
The important thing is that these moves were made. Were the moves the right ones, specifically. No. Espinosa needs surgery on his shoulder. His entire professional career says he's not this type of hitter. To shame him with a stay in the minors? That's crap. Then why do it? Because Rizzo knows that Espinosa back to his normal self gives them the best chance of winning. Even though last year was a fluke, Desmond still has ok range. Zimm has lost some range so Desmond should shade toward Zimm. Espinosa's superior range makes that possible. Put someone else at 2nd and you open up bigger holes in the infield for a team geared toward giving up ground balls. It's extra outs, extra pitches, the team doesn't want.
The associated Rendon move is a panic one. He's the only hitter worth anything in the minors so they bring him up a coupel days after Davey was saying it might take him months to learn 2B in AAA. It's not that moves made out of panic are bad ones, but let's call it what it is. You don't push someone to AAA for two days. That's not a plan. I'm sure he'll be ok at 2nd. But he won't be Danny. He'll have to hit like hell to make it worthwhile and I'm not sure he's THAT good a prospect.
DFAing Duke and H-Rod? That's fine. Someone may pick up Duke. But it's an acceptable loss. Looks more like last year was the aberration and he'd only be a fair arm at best in the pen. Replaceable. If someone else wants to deal with the H-Rod problem. I say let them.
Ok so back to baseball for real. Nats win. Barely but oh so necessarily. 1 win down. 3 to go minimum in this little 6 game set. I'm pretty sure they'll do it.