Nats' rivals should envy Kelvin Herrera deal: 'That's all it took?'

Chris Lingebach
June 19, 2018 - 12:38 pm

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The Nationals parted with a trio of midlevel prospects in dealing for right-handed reliever Kelvin Herrera from the Royals.

Herrera's credentials precede him. This move instantly improves Washington's bullpen and will take some stress off their top three relief arms -- Brandon Kintzler, Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle -- who've fought through overuse as an ailing offense has left the club steeped in tight ballgames.

But the giveback -- Blake Perkins, Kelvin Gutierrez and Yohanse Morel -- lends every indication to being another Mike Rizzo steal.

106.7 The Fan's Danny Rouhier proffered this reaction: "Teams around baseball should be going, 'That's all it took to get this guy? Dammit. We should have been on the phone.'"

"When I was correctly screaming bloody murder as this group was really struggling," he said. "When they went 7-16, it wasn't necessarily about the fact that they were going 7-16. It's what it meant later on. You left yourself no net. And part of that was, you run Kintzler and Madson and Doolittle out there every single night, desperate to get a win to break the schneid.

"You're playing these one-run games and losing all of them, as the offense was stinking up the joint. Your starting pitching was great; there's very little to show for it. You don't just lose a game when you lose a game during that stretch. You are in danger of having shoulder inflammation. Now you've got elbow problems. Next thing you know, these guys who are getting up 21 times in 29 days. That's affecting you down the line."

"That means everything has to be perfect going forward," he added. "That's why this move to me is so excellent. It's genius."

"Here is how I think Rizzo pulls this off," Grant Paulsen said. "You said to me, and I think it was a great question. Kind of rhetorically, you said, 'I just don't get what guys cost.' How do you get Herrera, who, there was a piece written yesterday by Jim Bowden, a former GM, saying he might be the biggest impact player added at the deadline? This was before the trade, by the way. Of anybody -- of bats, of starters, relievers. That Herrera could be the best guy added at this deadline. And you didn't have to give up any of your household names."

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