If Nats Trade Willingham for Pitching, Will Justin Maxwell Be Ready?

Posted: 7th December 2009 by Farid Rushdi in MLB
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The Atlanta Braves are making it clear that they are looking to add a bat this offseason and will be willing to trade a starting pitcher—probably Javier Vasquez or Derek Lowe—to get one.   Several hard-hitting outfielders have been mentioned, but it is common knowledge that the Braves have been interested in the Nationals’ Josh Willingham since last year.   Would it make sense for the Nationals to consider a bat-for-arm type of trade?   Willingham, 30, batted .260-24-61 for Washington in 2009. However, he didn’t begin to play regularly until mid-May. Had he played the full season, his numbers would have been more impressive, somewhere around .260-31-88 with a .367 on-base percentage and a .496 slugging percent. For his career, Willingham has averaged ...

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