Washington, for the first time ever, finds itself a buyer at the trading deadline and did they ever pull off a huge deal.
Washington D.C. Blue Coats and Milwaukee Manic Maulers
Washington gets: CF Luis Martinez, LF Burt Stevenson, SP Graham Costello
Milwaukee gets: 3B Max Javier (AA), SP Barry Rader (AAA), CF Tony Delgado
Analysis: Washington finds itself leading the NL East, but with Atlanta and Trenton breathing down their necks, so they felt the time was now to go get some help and make a playoff push in a wide-open National League. Martinez and Stevenson both have an MVP award to their name. Martinez is one of the best CF in the game and is still only 29, so he still has a few more years at an elite level. Stevenson is not the hitter he once was, but he can still be dangerous, especially if he doesn't have to carry the load on his own. Getting these two should help Willis Biddle and the rest of the D.C. offense immensely. Costello provides veteran depth in the rotation, which was another thing the Blue Coats needed.
As for Milwaukee, they shed over $14 million in salary for next season and get some fairly good prospects in return. Barry Rader is a 21-year old lefty (formerly part of Generation Left) who should be ready for the majors soon and may not be an ace, but should be a solid #2 or #3 starter who will be awfully tough on lefties. Javier may not become a superstar, but he'll be a good contributor and a very good defensive 3B who will hit. Delgado is a solid CF (obviously not as good as Martinez) who can hold down the position and hit a little.