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Nats Win By Losing Juan Pierre Sweepstakes

[December 7th] -- So, Juan Pierre is now a Chicago Cub. The 28 year old, coming off of one of his worst seasons (.276 batting average, .326 on base percentage), was sent to Chicago in exchange for Sergio Mitre and prospects Ricky Nolasco and Renyel Pinto. The Cubs gained a speedy outfielder with a very pedestrian career .355 on base percentage and an arm so weak that it almost negates his speed and defensive acumen. What did they give up?

Their future.

Mitre is a decent major league pitcher, but he was most likely a throw-in. It's Nolasco and Pinto that got the deal done. In 2005, Nolasco went 14-3, 2.89 for 'AA' West Tennesee. He struck out 171 in just 163 innings. Renyel, also with West Tennesee, went 10-3, 2.71. Both players are considered "studs" and will likely be in the Marlins' rotation by 2008.

The Cubs gave up two young prospects with a combined record of 24-6, 2.77, for a centerfielder that is a good player whose "pluses" are just a little better than his "minuses." In four years, Pierre will be a 33 year old who is losing his speed while Nolasco & Pinto will be in their mid 20's and stalwarts in the Marlins' starting rotation.

To get Pierre, the Nationals would have had to give up two of the team's best minor league prospects to get a player who is at best a middle-of-the-road fix. I'm glad the Nats got "dissed" again. From what I've seen so far in Dallas, the more "dissed" we get the better we'll end up.

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