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Oh my gosh! Melvin missed out on another pitcher! (Just in case- blue)
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Uh, Drew Storen is arguably better. Not sure why the Nats made this move unless it's to bring in Pap as a setup man.
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Oh my gosh! Melvin missed out on another pitcher! (Just in case- blue)

 

No need for blue. Papelbon was traded for a 22 year old AA starting pitcher who MLB.com has ranked as their 10th best prospect. He's far from a "blue chip," but I'd like to see us trade K-Rod for a young, talented SP prospect.

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Uh, Drew Storen is arguably better. Not sure why the Nats made this move unless it's to bring in Pap as a setup man.

 

Papelbon would only waive his no-trade clause if he were going to be installed as the closer, and converted his $13 mil vesting option for next year to a guaranteed salary of $11 mil.

 

Storen's comments after the trade show his frustration:

 

“All I’m going to say is, I’m aware of the move and I’ve talked to Mike about it. I’ve talked to my agent about it,” Storen said. “We’ve had some ongoing discussions. Until those have progressed, I’m just going to leave it at that. No comment for now. But as the situation goes, I’ll keep you guys posted.”
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