Could Dillon Gee or Jeremy Hefner be trade options for the Nationals?

Posted: July 7, 2013 in Opinion
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By Steven InmanimagesCADQ3WP8

The Washington Nationals have been floundering around .500 all year long after being picked almost unanimously as NL East favorites. They have struggled to hit, actually scoring less runs this year than the Mets somehow but their biggest problem has been the health to their starting rotation.

Dan Haren has been injured and bad all year long and now Ross Detwiler has been dealing with a back injury after just returning from the disabled list.

The Nationals have been using rookie Taylor Jordan but seem to prefer finding a more established pitcher. They don’t seem to be in play for the Matt Garza’s of the world because of the prospects it would take.

You have to wonder if they would approach the Mets about one of Dillon Gee or Jeremy Hefner.  Gee and Hefner have been great the last month or so.imagesCAU5LIB3

Gee in 50 career innings vs. the Nationals is 5-1 with a 2.70 ERA. Hefner has a 2.93 ERA in his last 13 starts.

Hefner has been the Mets second best starter this season and has really turned it on of late.

It wouldn’t cost an extraordinary amount to acquire one of these guys for the Nationals and with both of these guys making the minimum the Nationals could easily afford them.

So why would the Mets give one of these guys up with the way they are pitching?imagesCAU5LIB3

With all of the pitching depth that continues to rise through the minor leagues these two guys might not be in the plans anyway.

Sandy Alderson would have no problem dealing within the division.

If the Mets and Nationals talked about one of these two pitchers the Mets could ask for SS/2B Danny Espinosa who has been battling injuries and was recently sent to the minor leagues after losing his job to Anthony Rendon. Espinosa seemingly doesn’t have a position anymore with the Nats and could be a change of scenery guy.

Espinosa, 26, has never been a great average guy but can play a good shortstop or second base and hit 38 homers between 2011 and 2012. However he hit just .158 this season before being placed on the DL and later being sent to Triple A Syracuse.

  1. Michael Young says:

    Steve – The Nats are our division rivals. For that reason I am not in favor of trading either Hefner or Gee to them. Frankly, I think that the Mets should keep them both. Good staring pitching is hard to come by. At this point we do not know what Jon Niese will have in him when he comes back and we like wise do not know how soon Wheeler is going to straighten out his mechanics. Also, Motero is not guaranteed to make it any time soon because there are no quarantees in baseball.. What the Mets will need to figure out is between Davis, Duda, Satin and Murphy who stays and who goes and who ever stays what position they will play. Of course, Davis can only play first and if he doesn’t improve during the second half he may ust be the prime candidate to be traded. Mike

    • Steven Inman says:

      Yeah Mike I wouldn’t have a problem trading within the division and I know Sandy definitely doesn’t.
      Remember when Sandy was dealing Carlos Beltran two years ago the main two teams he was talking to was the Giants and the Phillies.
      Sandy demanded Zack Wheeler from San Fran and Dom Brown from Philly (who has since become a star)
      Both teams refused until Brian Sabean of the Giants blinked first and Sandy got what he as looking for. If Sabean wasn’t willing to give up Wheeler I think Sandy might have taken the lesser offer from Philly so I would never rule out a trade within the division under Sandy. Thanks for the comment Mike!

  2. bps says:

    Trade Duda. He is a DH, and cannot really play any position adequately. Ike has that power potential, but there is no way he should be playing in the majors right now. Send him down to AAA, let Satin play 1st. Reevaluate that situation every 3 or 4 weeks. DO NOT trade Harvey, Wheeler, Gee, Niese, or Hefner to anyone, especially in the NL East. Don’t fix what ain’t broke. Trade Duda and\or minor league starting pitching for position players. It is a crime that a guy getting on base every other at bat for two weeks was forced out for a .171 ba .263 slugging %. Come on now!

    • Steven Inman says:

      Yeah Bryan a lot if people feel the same way as you about Satin. He didn’t deserve to be taken out of the lineup. He will play today at first vs Barry Zito. As for Duda, he probably doesn’t have a ton of value. Maybe you can trade him to an American League team for a young reliever. Duda can be that teams DH. Thanks for the comment Bryan!

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