As much as I love the Washington Nationals, I think itÆs fair to say that they havenÆt done much right since moving to D.C. five seasons ago. Too many of the teamÆs personnel decisions have backfired, leading to several very long, very ugly, very bad years. One of Jim BowdenÆs first moves was to trade a part-time outfielder and a poor-hitting shortstop to the Angels for the volatile Jose Guillen. At the time, it seemed like a steal.
It wasùbut not for the Nationals.
Guillen gave the Nationals one good year (.283-24-76) in his two seasons in Washington. Juan Rivera has been a fixture for the Angels since the trade and batted .287-25-88 this year while playing a flawless right field.
That light-hitting shortstop, Maicer Izturis, has been the AngelsÆ starting shorts ...
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