Jordan Zimmermann unleashes the fury. -Photo Credit @AshburnNatsFan
Last night, MLBRumors posted a juicy Natstown rumor that the team is deep into talks to trade Jordan Zimmermann to the Cubs. Arguably their most consistent and best starting pitcher over the last three years, you can imagine the horror and outrage at the suggestion by fans that JZ would be on the trading block. Sadly, the happy imagination land of fans (myself included) where every player always wants to play for your team ever and its only a matter of deciding which ones to keep is not the real world. General Managers, even very good ones like Mike Rizzo, need to make decisions about not just who the good players are but which ones they can afford. Hold onto too many fan favorites, and suddenly you’re the Philadelphia Phillies begging folks to take their old, terrible players.
“But it’s Jordan Zimmermann” you protest. I know. Trust me. I know. I’m right there with you. But reality is reality folks, and so I present to you what would be my thought process (as uninformed as it is) as to how I might also come to the conclusion its time to trade JZ.
Will this be the last time Harper celebrates with the Nats? (Hint: Probably no).
Well nothing will quite get me out of a “I’m not writing about baseball” Post-Post-Season funk like a ridiculous trade rumor. Indeed, this rumor is ridiculous enough that it barely merits a post-but I’ve heard it from more than one person quoting one that different source. In addition to the MLB Trade Rumors/Baseball Prospectus “anonymous source” saying there is interest from the Red Sox to acquire Bryce Harper (and that the Nats are not opposed to it), I had my very own Nats source (who heard it from someone who heard it from someone…) confide a similar sentiment being passed around the inside the halls of 1500 South Capitol St. SE. Now the story I heard first hand was brought to me in a questioning “do you think they could do this capacity?” The second source, of course, was speaking off the record to…someone.
Now we’ve got plenty of review of the 2014 seasons, Free Agency previews, and other baseball items coming down the pipeline that are far more salient than the article I am about to write. But you know after the NLDS, I need an easy one folks. So allow me to rip this one up pretty good for you in case you have any worry that this could happen.
The Nats101 Website was created to introduce new fans to baseball-particularly in a city relatively new to the idea of having a team. As such, we’ve directed much of our commentary towards trying to make smarter, more inclusive and congenial baseball fans.
A few years later though, and many of you who started this journey with us are kind of “caught up” if you will. Combined with the folks who already liked baseball, the demand for “explain this to me!” has dwindled a bit. While we’ll still focus on that plenty (and there is always something to learn) it’s clear we need to up our game a bit.
As such, it’s time to go on the offensive a bit. Rather than wait for folks to come to us, it’s time we took the message of baseball to them-and what better place than to start in the MASN Comments section on Facebook. While all of Twitter was rejoicing in the stunningly good trade the Nationals made with the Detroit Tigers for starting pitcher Doug Fister, the relative backwater township (that is probably any comment section, actually) of the Facebook MASN post on the trade was enraged. Unjustly so.
And so, with the help of MASNCommenter (A genius idea that is only funny because of how truly out there some people are) and some paraphrasing here and there, I am going to explain the trade for Doug Fister in a way even a commenter can understand. (I hope).