Davey Martinez said after Thursday afternoon’s walk-off loss to the Philadelphia Phillies that he understood significant changes were likely coming for the organization, though he said he would remain focused on the here and now and trying to go 1-0 every day with whatever players were on his roster on any given day.
“Right now I just, like I said, I’ve always focused on the here and now and they’re here,” the manager told reporters of all the names that were being mentioned as potential candidates for trades. “And you’re right, in 24 hours they might not be. I know [GM] Mike [Rizzo] and our front office, they’re working diligently, if they feel like they can get some good pieces to help us in the future, even help us in the near future, it’s a possibility that we might lose some guys. But they’re constantly working. I know Mike has been on the phone, and he’s talked to a bunch of different teams, so we’ll just see what happens.
“For me and the coaching staff and the players that are here right now,” Martinez continued, “... it’s business as usual, and we talk about that. ‘Hey, you play for the name on the front of your jersey, and go out there and play well,’ and they understand that.”
During the series finale in Citizens Bank Park, the Nationals dealt Brad Hand to the Toronto Blue Jays for catcher Riley Adams, a 2017 third round pick by the Jays, who made his MLB debut earlier this season, and was the No. 17 prospect in Toronto’s system.
A few hours after their loss to the Phillies, the Nationals reportedly reached a deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers that will send both Max Scherzer and Trea Turner to LA in return for two of the top prospects in their organization: catcher Keibert Ruiz and right-hander Josiah Gray, the top position player and pitcher, as well as right-hander Gerardo Carillo (ranked No. 17 on MLB’s top prospect list for LA), and outfielder Donovan Casey, a 25-year-old, 2017 20th Round pick who has a .296/.362/.462 line, 15 doubles, and 11 home runs over 73 games at Double-A in the Dodgers’ system this season.
But that’s not it...
Now the Nationals have reportedly also dealt Kyle Schwarber, who’s currently on the IL with a hamstring injury and weeks away from returning, to the Boston Red Sox, for right-hander Aldo Ramirez, No. 19 on MLB Pipeline’s list of the Sox’ top prospects, a 20-year-old who has a 2.03 ERA and a total of 32 strikeouts in eight starts and 31 IP at Low-A in Boston’s system this season, and who MLB.com scouts described as the, “most advanced young pitcher in the system,” in their write-up.
What’s next? Here’s what Washington Post writer Jesse Dougherty said before the deal with the Sox for Schwarber was announced:
As expected, and as signaled by agreeing to trade Max Scherzer and Trea Turner to LA, the Nationals remain very active and are shopping offers for Daniel Hudson, Josh Harrison, Kyle Schwarber and potentially Yan Gomes.— Jesse Dougherty (@dougherty_jesse) July 30, 2021
Oh, and now this — Daniel Hudson to San Diego:
Source confirms: Padres working to acquire reliever Daniel Hudson from Nationals. First: @ByRobertMurray.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 30, 2021
Mason Thompson would head to the Nats in the Daniel Hudson deal, according to a source.— Dennis Lin (@dennistlin) July 30, 2021
Thompson, ranked 9th in the Padres’ system by MLB’s Pipeline scouts, is a 23-year-old, right-hander, and 2016 3rd Round pick, who was added to San Diego’s 40-Man roster to protect him from selection in the Rule 5 Draft this past winter, and who, according to MLB.com’s write-up, “[i]f it all clicks ... could soon develop into a late-inning force in San Diego’s bullpen.” Or Washington’s now?
Earlier this week, in an interview with 106.7 the FAN in D.C.’s Sports Junkies, the Nats’ GM telegraphed these moves, suggesting that players on expiring deals would likely be dealt.
“We’re certainly going to be sellers, and open-minded about all players that have a contract that ends this season,” Rizzo explained.
“We won’t have those players with us next season anyways.”
Describing his approach to the trade deadline Rizzo said he would be aggressive in doing what he thought was right considering where the Nationals are right now in the division as well as the Wild Card race, 7.5 back in the NL East and 11.0 out in the Wild Card.
“There’s no shame in taking a step back after a decade of winning, competitive baseball, winning more than any other team in the league, except for a couple of teams, and winning world championships, and division titles, and Wild Card wins and all of that stuff, there’s no shame in taking a step back and retooling this thing with our view to win next year and the years beyond,” Rizzo said.
Also: Rizzo and Co. in the front office are apparently getting two prospects in the Padres’ deal for Hudson...
Padres agree to acquire Daniel Hudson from Nats for RHP Mason Thompson and a 2nd player. Finalizing. @dennistlin had Thompson— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 30, 2021
Jordan Barley is the other player coming to the Nationals in the deal for Daniel Hudson, according to a person with knowledge of the return.— Jesse Dougherty (@dougherty_jesse) July 30, 2021