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Nats calling up Flores

Posted on: April 12, 2011 12:11 pm
Jesus FloresBy C. Trent Rosecrans

With Ryan Zimmerman headed to the disabled list, the Nationals will call up catcher Jesus Flores from Triple-A Syracuse, Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post writes.

The move is a surprise because Flores is another right-handed bat on the bench and he will be the team's third catcher.

Washington has already said Wilson Ramos has moved ahead of Ivan Rodriguez as the team's starting catchers, could this move mean the end of Pudge's time with the Nationals?

Flores, 26, started 2009 as the team's everyday catcher but a string of injuries has kept him from returning to the big leagues since then.

Flores is a career .260/.313/.406 hitter at the big league level.

The team also has a top prospect in Derek Norris, who the team hopes is its long-term answer at the position, making Rodriguez and possible Flores expendable. If Flores shows he's back to where he was in 2009 before his injuries (.301/.371/.505 in 29 games), either he or Ramos could bring back more in trade. 

Rodriguez, 39, is a free agent after the season.

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Since: Apr 13, 2009
Posted on: April 12, 2011 8:35 pm

Nats calling up Flores

Why does Pudge have no trade value? He has hit decent this year, calls as good a game as anyone, is a leader, and plays solid defense. There are numerous good teams that would benefit grately from his presence and a few that would also obtian an upgrade form his bat. His trade value is not massive, but as we approach July and injuries take hold then he will have value. 
Bringing up Flores has to be simply putting the best bat possible on the bench. Flores has been thought to be unhealthy and not have great trade value. Having him mash AAA ball is not going to increase his value. He has proven he can hit AAA and for the most part proven he can hit in the majors. They will make the most of his offense by putting him into the lineup as often as possible. 
Given the fact they will not want to decimate Pudge's value I think they will leave him as pinch-hitter until he has good trade value. At that point, Flores will have some major league at-bats and quickly settle into the backup catcher role. Hopefully, he hits well throughout this process and commands a decent package during the off-season (maybe trade deadline, probably not though). Next year, Norris will be the backup or be traded before and Flores will remain the backup longterm. Ramos has proven to be the stud they traded for and I cannot forsee him ever losing the gig or being traded, at all. 

Since: Jul 4, 2007
Posted on: April 12, 2011 1:53 pm

Nats calling up Flores

the Nationals are doing exactly what it says. they are bringing him up and hoping he shows the same power and average he did last year so they can trade him. with Derek Norris and Wilson Ramos, Jesus Flores is expendable. I believe the Nats will also try to trade Pudge, but he has absolutely no trade value.

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