Today, MASN Sports and Sports Illustrated reported that the Nationals are in multiple trade talks with different teams, more specifically with the Indians about acquiring Grady Sizemore and Fausto Carmona. With the Indians on the verge of a fire sale, this possible trade would be a huge boost for the Nats and give hope and promise to putting a contender on the field for 2011.
Sizemore, a former Expo product who was traded along with Cliff Lee and Brandon Phillips for Bartolo Colon in 2002, is coming off a season ending knee injury and looks to regain his form for 2011. Carmona is returning from what is seemed as a redemption season to his recent string of injuries and lack of production on the mound. His best season coming in 2007, where he posted a 19-8 record with a 3.06 ERA. Both players are in the last year of their expiring contracts with Carmona having multiple individual club options that could keep him through 2014.
Although minimal details have been announced, Nationals fan can only wonder the pieces that need to be moved. Assuming the team will more than likely try to sign Sizemore and Carmona to new deals to keep them there long term, the price might actually work in the Nats favor. Cleveland, who is in rebuilding mode, will be looking for prospects and to cut salary. There is a possibility Washington could part ways with Nyjer Morgan as Nats fans will salivate over an outfield that could one day consist of Werth, Sizemore, & Harper. With LaRoche in the mix for 1st Base, there is a possibility we’ll deal Chris Marrero or Michael Burgess as well.
All in all, Nats fans should have alot to chirp about in the coming months and coming years. Lets hope these talks will come to fruition and the Nats will be able to improve as a team.