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Just throwing out more CF options for peoples opinions - and I point out the 2 following players since their clubs seem to not want them.

#1 - Ryan Church - The Nats are going with Logan and so again, Church wil not get a starting job. While DC has been unwilling to trade within the division in the past, usually that is with players they think highly of and would otherwise like to retain (Soriano, Cordero). If they actually want to get rid of him, what's the opinon of bringing him in? I know he was discussed a little bit, and the Marlins haven't shown interest, but how would he compare to our other current options.

#2 - Jacque Jones - can he play CF? I know the Cubs want to move him, and his offensive #s look good (OPS of like 830), but I don't know how much of that should be attributed to playing in Wrigley.
 

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Jones plays an excellent RF...I think he could transition well. Cubs would have to eat a lot of salary which means we'd have to kick in extra spects. Cody would be an excellent platoon partner for him.
 

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We don't know that the Marlins weren't/aren't interested in Church or discussion haven't taken place.

Both teams may be reluctant to help the other improve since they are divisional rivals. If the Marlins still had a Moehler or someone like that who could help the Nationals now until some of their prospects were ready, it might be easier but they need major league ready pitchers as in NOW, and the Marlins would have to give up say Nolasco or Pinto (examples only) and the possibility is guys like that can be a thorn in your side for years and years to come.

Church after all is already 28 going on 29, I like the guy, I'd trade for the guy, but I think I understand why (unless a third team is involved who can trade a ML starter for a prospect or two) it isn't going to happen. Basically the Nationals aren't interested in prospects and that's what we have to offer.
 

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We don't know that the Marlins weren't/aren't interested in Church or discussion haven't taken place.

Both teams may be reluctant to help the other improve since they are divisional rivals.


Interesting. Beinfest has said more than once that he will trade in-division to get what he wants - it is not a factor in his mind.

I can understand that viewpoint, but the opposite has merit as well, especially for a team that expects to contend and doesn't want to face (for example) Willis or Cabs on the other team 19 times a year.

Bottom line - a pretender (see 2006 Marlins) is much more likely to trade a star player in-division than a contender.
 

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We don't know that the Marlins weren't/aren't interested in Church or discussion haven't taken place.

Both teams may be reluctant to help the other improve since they are divisional rivals.


Interesting. Beinfest has said more than once that he will trade in-division to get what he wants - it is not a factor in his mind.

I can understand that viewpoint, but the opposite has merit as well, especially for a team that expects to contend and doesn't want to face (for example) Willis or Cabs on the other team 19 times a year.

Bottom line - a pretender (see 2006 Marlins) is much more likely to trade a star player in-division than a contender.



Let's be clear...I'm just guessing. And it may be reluctance on the Nats part as well. But the truth is I have no tangible idea.
 

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Church shouldn't be an everyday starter in CF (especially our expansive park), but then again, who on our roster with offensive potential plays even an average CF? No problem making an offer if it requires Mitre or some other low-upside pitcher (Nats could use them). Would not like to give up a guy like Nolasco or Pinto for someone who ceiling is likely reached.
 

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I like Church a lot but I'm not sure he's a CF but then Alfredo and Ross aren't CFs either. A Church / Ross platoon would have a lot more punch than an Alfredo / Ross platoon. Church / Ross could realistically OPS .800 which would make it one of the better hitting CFs in MLB and would turn a major weakness into a strength (at least offensively).
 

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While not the speedster we often think in CF, Church plays in RFK which has an enormous CF and has played more games at that position than any other.

Last season for example, he played 51 games in CF, 14 in RF and 2 in LF (but let's face we all know who Washington's leftfielder was in 2006).
 

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I was looking at his ML stats to see how much CF he played in the minors but couldn't find the breakdown by OF position. I don't know but maybe he played a lot of CF with the Nats out of necessity (they had noone else) and not because he's a true CF.
 

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#2 - Jacque Jones - can he play CF? I know the Cubs want to move him, and his offensive #s look good (OPS of like 830), but I don't know how much of that should be attributed to playing in Wrigley.

In 2006, Wrigley was .845, away .821. Hit more HR away as well. He has drastic Metrodome/Away stats on the three year trend (.709 metrodome, .799 away), so I think it's safe to say he just needed to get out of the dome.

I think Jones is an interesting name. Say Chicago is willing to eat say a third to half his salary ($9 over next two seasons) and whatever bonus payments are left over, I think he's easily worth $2-3 mil each of the next two years. Yes, we're the Marlins and that's 'expensive' but we could acquire him very low costs (trade compensation wise) and he's definitely more certain of production then all the Church/Murphy/Guitterez names being thrown around. No one is going to deal Chicago anyone good for him, so I could see us sending over just Petit or Marceaux/Winters type combo. Jones can probably play an adequate CF (has played there sparingly last few years) and he'd be an excellent stopgap. It's really not that bad of an idea for us as long as Chicago is realistic. Upton/Rocco is still a better idea, but if the price is right (preserving all of the top pitching). Why not? A lot of worse ideas.

Also another thing about Jones:

2006
vs LHP .234/.261/.416
vs RHP .303/.358/.528

Three Year Trend
vs LHP .226/.280/.370
vs RHP .276/.339/.487

Seems to me, giving Cody 30-40 starts in CF over him vs LHP combines into a generalized CF production of .270/.325/.475, and that's lowballing Jones batting average to career rates and knocking Cody's slugging down quite a bit. That would look real nice batting 7th. I'd imagine they'd swat 30+ HR.
 

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Jacque Jones makes more than a million dollars and name is not Miguel Cabrera or Dontrelle Willis.


Therefore our cheap ownership wont make a play for him.
 

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Jacque Jones makes more than a million dollars and name is not Miguel Cabrera or Dontrelle Willis.


Therefore our cheap ownership wont make a play for him.

they would probably give Reggie another shot before getting someone like JJones
 

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The cubs were trying to do Jason Jennings for Jones straight up guys. They would ask for Johnson or something nice for him
 

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The cubs were trying to do Jason Jennings for Jones straight up guys. They would ask for Johnson or something nice for him
Well they are absolutely crazy then for a guy who profiles as a straight up platoon OF.
 

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I would ask people to look at his (Jones) positional play. He is not a CFer, certainly not in Dolphin Stadium. Aside from a few games here or there (and keep in mind he played most of his ball in the bandbox of all bandboxes, the Metrodome where CF is the equivalent of Roger Dean Stadium) he hasn't played CF since the year 2000, and even that year he played roughly 50% more games in left field than center.

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/stat...ontext=fielding

Bad choice all around. You don't give up prospects and pay at least a couple of million a year for an aging corner outfielder to play center regardless of his offensive splits (which are more than just pretty good except perhaps against LHP)

We keep trying to force a square peg (Stewart, now Jones) into a round hole. Enough already.
 

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Church is an adequate CFer with an above-average arm. I'm not convinced the Nats will ever trade him.
 

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I would ask people to look at his (Jones) positional play. He is not a CFer, certainly not in Dolphin Stadium. Aside from a few games here or there (and keep in mind he played most of his ball in the bandbox of all bandboxes, the Metrodome where CF is the equivalent of Roger Dean Stadium) he hasn't played CF since the year 2000, and even that year he played roughly 50% more games in left field than center.

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/stat...ontext=fielding

Bad choice all around. You don't give up prospects and pay at least a couple of million a year for an aging corner outfielder to play center regardless of his offensive splits (which are more than just pretty good except perhaps against LHP)

We keep trying to force a square peg (Stewart, now Jones) into a round hole. Enough already.
I think it's moot because there's no way we get him, but Jones is an excellent OF (range, instincts) that makes the transition to CF probably average to above. This is what ive read from a few scouting sources. ill try to find.
 

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WOW I can see it now!

Catcher- Olivo
first base- Willingham
second base-Uggla!
Third Base-Cabrera
Short-Hanley
LF-Shannon Stewart
Center-Jacque Jones
RF-Hermida
p-WILLIS


great team on paper!
 

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