Nick Johnson continues to be subject of trade rumors

Nationals first baseman Nick Johnson continues to be the subject of trade rumors. There was talk of Johnson going to the Red Sox for reliever Manny Delcarmen, but the deal fell through, according to published reports.

There is also speculation that the Mets may have interest in Johnson after Carlos Delgado was lost for 10 weeks due to hip surgery. However, for now, the Mets plan to stick with Daniel Murphy and Fernando Tatis at first.

A baseball source said if Murphy and Tatis are not productive, the Mets plan to call the Nationals about Johnson.

The Nationals have been trying to trade Johnson since last winter. When the Nationals signed Adam Dunn to a two-year $20 million contract last February, the plan was to put him at first base and make Josh Willingham the everyday left fielder.

But Johnson is still with Nationals and off to the best start of his career. Entering Saturday’s action against the Orioles, Johnson is hitting .336 with four home runs and 25 RBIs. He is in the last year of a three-year, $16.5 million contract.

“He is an extremely valuable player. He is fourth or fifth in the league in hitting,” acting general manager Mike Rizzo said. “We need him here and we like him here. If someone overwhelms us with a deal that we can’t refuse, of course, we are going to listen to a deal about Nick or anybody else. He is an extremely valuable player for us.”

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It will not be a surprise if they trade Nick ,we are use to stupid moves. It would hurt the offense and defense (thats the last thing the Nat’s need to do). To top it off they probaly won’t get any front line players unless another player is part of the deal because of Nick’s injury history.

I agree at this time Nick is too valuable for the team on offense and defense…If we can obtain a good Relief pitcher, a trade would be worth considering….As of now, we need him batting 2nd in the lineup….we’ll just have to take chances that he won’t get hurt til the trading deadline when we may be able to receive a good player. Our promising Starters in the rotation are very promising esp. w/the emergence of RBalester w/his 2nd straight good start; and a good relief staff should turn things around for us.

I forgot to mention trading Nick leaves us without a first baseman. Dunn is awful, Belliard is mediocre and hasn’t hit above .200 this year including Spring Training and Willingham has played two games in hi career at 1st. Eldred is hitting .303 at AAA and only has 2 errors but since the Nat’s won’t bring up players that could improve the team right now I find it doubtful they would call up Eldrid

It’s funny. Everyone wanted Johnson out of town. Now that he’s healthy we can’t live without him. He is still relativley young. If he last the season without getting broken he would be worth signing for two more years. He is truly one of the best first basemen in the both leagues. He can do it all. I know I wouldn’t want to make the decision. When healthy, he’s worth more than a freaken reliever. They need to send Kearns down and bring up anybody. When Dukes returns next week, Kearns has to sit until he is used for his glove.

Kearns-just-doesn’t-have-it-in-him,for-some-reason.
Last-season-he-was-injured.Ok,one-more-chance-this-year,
but-thats-it.Maxwell-is-the-starting-center-fielder-as-far-as
I’m-concerned!Dunn-in-left,and-Dukes-in-right.Perfect!
Let-him-develop-his-hitting-at-this-level.
Maxwell-just-needs-time.Don’t-trade-NickJohnson,no-point!
Use-Bergman-for-a-closer.

Hitters like Johnson don’t grow on trees. He provides a balance and a model for the hitters on the team. Everyone hitter on the team can learn by watching Johnson take an at-bat. Trading him will cause a hole in the batting order that will reduce runs scored by at least 1 run per game. To get a reliever in return you would have to get a Cordero/Rivera in their prime, plus some potential hitting support. Trading a great hitter for any pitcher has very poor probability for success.

Trading him would be the first bad move for Rizzo. The way he is playing and the lack of anyone else that could play first base would make this another team killer. The pitching issue is something that will need to be addressed in the offseason, most likely in free agency. Thats if this cheap team will do anything serious. Until then you need to find out what you have in the minors and the calfpen.

Don’t trade Johnson, we need him, he’s one of our best offensive players and is young enough to be an important part of the long term plan. The Nationals are mistaken if they think they have extra offense to trade away, and Dunn is atrocious at first base. The majority of our position players are overperforming offensively, playing well above their career averages. That won’t keep up, we’re already starting to see that with Dunn and Hernandez, and plus the injuries are now a factor. The offense is not as good as many think and we need to keep Nick. Don’t break the offense to try to fix the bullpen (which likely can’t be fixed through this trade anyway). I could see trading away Kearns or Willingham or maybe even Dukes, but I don’t think we’d get much for one of them.

It would be typical for the Nats to trade a good player but let’s hope they’re smart here not do a Bowden here. Frankly, we have no one that can play first base as well as Johnson but given the history of ridiculous trades like Jamie Carroll, Livan Hernandez and getting the likes of Paul LoDuca, I wouldn’t put anything past the owners. The Nats are the laughing stock of baseball and with low attendance and a diminishing fan base, the owners should be concerned but perhaps they don’t get it? I am mystified that Bergman was only recently brought up, don’t get why Hernandez is still playing, why Wells is still here and the questions go on and on.

It would be typical for the Nats to trade a good player but let’s hope they’re smart here not do a Bowden here. Frankly, we have no one that can play first base as well as Johnson but given the history of ridiculous trades like Jamie Carroll, Livan Hernandez and getting the likes of Paul LoDuca, I wouldn’t put anything past the owners. The Nats are the laughing stock of baseball and with low attendance and a diminishing fan base, the owners should be concerned but perhaps they don’t get it? I am mystified that Bergman was only recently brought up, don’t get why Hernandez is still playing, why Wells is still here and the questions go on and on.

Yes I would only consider trading Nick Johnson if(?)we can obtain a good relief pitcher AND a competent enough 1st baseman who can replace Johnson…As I suspect we won’t be able to obtain the latter, I am not anymore in favor trading/giving away NJohnson…a kew player for our offensive/defensive lineup…..we stand to lose more than net gain by trading him away.Yes trade Josh or Austin to obtain a Reliever…but NOT Nick…

Trading Nick would be a mistake. He has a big heart on a team that lacks some.

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