July 2009

Beimel traded to Rockies for two Minor Leaguers

A baseball source has confirmed that Nationals left-hander Joe Beimel has been traded to the Rockies for two minor league pitchers. It’s not known who the Minor Leaguers are.

The Rockies have been after Beimel for weeks. The Nationals asked for infielder Eric Young Jr. in return, but the Rockies quickly said, “No thanks.”

Beimel had a 3.40 ERA in 45 games for the Nationals this season.   

       

News on Marlins, Johnson

I just received word from Joe Frisaro of MLB.com that the Marlins most likely will not make a deal before the Trade Deadline. Does that mean the Nationals will not trade Nick Johnson?  Probably not.     

Rockies still have interest in Beimel

According to a baseball source, the Rockies still have interest in acquiring Nationals left-hander Joe Beimel. The Nationals asked for infielder Eric Young Jr. in return, but the Rockies quickly said, “No thanks.”

Colorado is hoping that the Nationals will knock their price down in order to acquire Beimel, who has a 3.40 ERA in 45 games.   

Morgan ties team record

Nyjer Morgan has three hits in Thursday’s game against the Brewers and tied a team record for the most hits in a month. He has 40 during the month of July.       

Gonzalez not getting job done after All-Star break

Infielder Alberto Gonzalez was doing so well in the first half of the season that the Nationals announced that Gonzalez would get the bulk of the playing time at second base after the All-Star Break. 

However, Gonzalez has not taken advantage of the situation. Entering Thursday’s action, Gonzalez is hitting .150 [6-for-40] with three RBIs after the break and has seen his batting average drop from .333 to .285. 

Asked if Gonzalez is putting too much pressure on himself, interim manager Jim Riggleman said, “He might be. … Hitting is tough and he has hung around that .300 mark for a while. He is below that now. He give us good at-bats  I’m confident in his play — defensively and offensively.”

Look for the Nationals to go after a second baseman during the offseason. If he becomes a free agent, Orlando Hudson will be on top of the Nationals’ wish list.                          

Nothing's Brewing: Willingham injured

We have been told that Josh Willingham has stiffness on the left side of his neck, but he is available to pinch hit. I hope to have more after the game.

Lineup change; Willingham out of lineup

Josh Willingham has not been traded. Here’s the new lineup:

Morgan, cf

Gonzalez, ss

Johnson, 1b

Adam Dunn, lf

Zimmerman, 3b

Harris, rf

Nieves, c

Hernandez, 2b

Martin, p  

 

Thursday's lineup for Nationals, Brewers

Nationals
Morgan, cf
Gonzalez, ss
Zimmerman, 3b
Dunn, lf
Willingham, rf
Johnson, 1b
Nieves, c
Hernandez, 2b
Martin, rhp

Brewers
Lopez, 2B
Counsell, SS
Braun, LF
Fielder, 1B
Hart, RF
Cameron, CF
McGehee, 3B
Kendall, C
Gallardo, RHP

Beimel not thinking about getting traded

The Trade Deadline is on Friday at 4 p.m. ET, and Nationals reliever Joe Beimel hasn’t ruled out being traded to a contender. His name has been linked to teams such as the Cubs and Rockies.

Entering Wednesday’s action, Beimel had a 3.43 ERA in 44 games for Washington and is the only reliever remaining from it’s Opening Day roster. If they do trade Beimel, the Nationals would like to get young prospects in return.

“I try not to think too much about it,” said Beimel about the possibility of getting traded. “I realize it’s a good possibility. If it doesn’t happen, that’s fine. If it does happen, that’s fine. But as of now, I’m trying to work hard here and help this team out. If something else happens, I just have to adjust to that and go from there.”

Although he is on the block, Beimel talked about how much fun he is having with the Nationals of late. Entering Wednesday’s action, the team has won six out of its past eight games.

“We are starting to win and playing good baseball,” Beimel said. “You could see the attitude changing in here. I don’t wish to get traded because we are starting to play well. It feels good to come in here.”

Asked what brought on the change in attitude in the Nationals clubhouse, Beimel said, “I think with Riggs [interim manager Jim Riggleman] taking over, he brought a different attitude. He wasn’t going to quit and give up. He let all of us know that. Just going out and trying was not good enough. We have to work hard. He had us in [uniform] early at home. Some of the little things that he has done changed the whole attitude of the clubhouse.”

Nationals transactions

Right-hander Julian Tavarez, who was designated for assignment on July 19, cleared waivers on Wednesday and is officially a free agent.

Earlier this week, outfielder Corey Patterson was placed on outright waivers. He cleared on Wednesday and has been released from Triple-A Syracuse.

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