Washington isn't selling, except for Tyler Clippard; instead, they keep asking for Michael Bourn -- thus far without success -- and had been one of several teams interested in Julio Borbon until his recent injury.â†µ
Some might ridicule this move, because the Nationals probably won't challenge this year, but I think it might be a smart play if the front office is thinking long-term. Acquire Bourn and they might slot him into a lineup in two years that includes Bryce Harper, Anthony Rendon, Ryan Zimmerman and Jayson Werth.â†µ
And Gammons provides this nugget on Wandy Rodriguez:â†µ
The Astros have been meeting the past few days to discuss their trade possibilities, which is difficult because GM Ed Wade is in a maze between ownerships. "Right now," says a GM, "they want for Rodriguez what the Rockies want for Ubaldo [Jimenez]."â†µ
Considering Dan O'Dowd is trying to pull off the next Herschel Walker trade, that might kill off any hope of Wandy moving, but Wade might get a sympathetic hearing from teams frustrated by negotiations with the Rockies, or so we can hope.